The wind is really blowing this morning. I don't even want to think about what this will do to the fires burning all across this region.
This is what the smoke is like here. At night, the security lights here on the mountain top, which are red, make it look like a thick red fog.
None of these are getting "put out" and most of them are not contained.
This is the wind condition today. I can't imagine how the fire fighters (and there are now more than 5000 from seven states working these fires) are going to cope. Many of the fires are in wilderness areas, and due to a shortage of helicopters, the fire fighters are having to hike in as much as 16 miles to reach the fires. Atlanta news affiliates are saying they are working 12 to 24 hour shifts without a break.
If you ever have a fire in your area, here's a good web page that will help you keep track of your status. I've not found any government web pages that can touch this guy for information on wild fires.
This is the link: Wildfires Today
You'd be surprised how interesting this can be if your area is surrounded by wildfires.
Meanwhile, we got the winter dog house built, so they are set up for the cold coming in tonight.
Up until now, everyone has been sleeping on the dog blankets on the front porch. But they need to get in out of the wind starting tonight.
Now that the post election wind down on ammo and firearms purchasing is in full cry, I think the wife and I may load up and make the loop through the small towns in the adjoining counties, to see if there are any specials or good buys. There are lots of little drug stores that sell guns and ammo, and there are two nice gun stores we can run by.
If , like so many other American men, you've been wanting a Springfield M1903A3 Sarco is selling some that were used in the mini-series, "The Pacific." They want about 900 per rifles. (Revised 2359 Saturday night) It's a great show, based on "Helmet for my Pillow" and "With the Old Breed", if you haven't seen it. It was produced by the same team that did "Band of Brothers."
In the UP AGAINST THE WALL category:
I have to say, I think this country needs a few more ditch digging machines and back hoes to solve this kind of thing. All these people are good for is compost.
A little music:
I notice lots of people put music they like on their blog. I'm an "old country western" fan, and I like smooth jazz.
Here's a smooth jazz piece from a band called X. At least, as far as I can tell, as they aren't conventional smooth jazz musicians.
And a little song from Dolly Parton. She's a very nice person, and did you ever see a woman with such great, big , beautiful....... eyes.