My friend, Nancy emailed me a website of a fire north of town and wondered if that was our dog’s boarding kennel. It was. I recognized it immediately and called Mary, the owner, to offer any help she needed. The kennel was fine, but the house was burned so badly that it had to be leveled. Check it out.
I felt so bad for Mary, who has taken such loving care of Tipper, the Wonder Husky, when we travel. Tipper loves her “Auntie Mary,” and doesn’t even look back when we try to say good-bye to her. Mary has several show Huskies that look just like Tipper, and she treats our pup as one of her own. She sends Tipper home with a major grooming that makes her look like a show dog.
We have had strong winds here the last few days. There is a fire up near the Bobcat Ridge area, the same place that burned in 2000, a year of terrible wildfires. The City of Fort Collins bought that land, and created a wonderful mountain park with riding trails, and handicapped accessibility. The park has been closed for a while because golden eagles are nesting.
A rancher took out a burning permit to burn off areas of his land. This is a common practice out West. Ditches are burned off so water can flow. He failed, however, to ensure that the fire was totally extinguished, contrary to the terms of the permit. He’s in some deep trouble now. The winds picked up just a few embers and the fire exploded. It is close to Barb’s place, where Scooter recovered last year after his surgery.
Most fires are either due to lightning (not this time of year,) or carelessness of people. No one knows yet the cause of the fire that left Mary homeless. Mary was heroic in safely evacuating all animals boarding at her facility, which was untouched by the fire, but five people were left homeless, including Mary.