Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Herriman FIRE!!!!

What a whirlwind these past few days have been!!
Sunday afternoon walking into church we could tell Camp Williams was on fire and by the time we left church Sunday afternoon around 4pm we knew it had gotten REALLY serious, REALLY fast!!! JT was called into work as soon as we walked in the door to go help fight the fire... he was changed and in the air 45 minutes later (which is REALLY fast for the Army... haha)!! Around 5:30 my little brother Christopher was listening to his police scanner..... yes I said police scanner...... and heard the Unified Fire department taking about evacuating The Cove in Herriman (our neighborhood)! By the time Chris got to my house and we started packing every "important" thing we could think of into my van, the flames had come up over the top of the ridge from Camp Williams!!! I have to say I don't think I will ever forget standing on my front porch and seeing flames 30ft high come down the mountain towards our house!! The police department knocked on our door around 7pm to tell us it was our turn to leave.... the nice police man counted the number of people who left with me, watched us get into my van and then tied CAUTION tape to my front door!!
As we drove away that's when the tears started!!

The next 12 hours felt like a week waiting to hear if our neighborhood and our home had survived the fire!! When we finally turned the news off at midnight the fire department had estimated 150+ homes would be lost in the following hours! The next morning JT took off at 5:30am along with 3 other Blackhawks to keep fighting the fire and discovered only 3 HOMES had been lost during the night!! What a MiRaClE!!! The first thing Brayden asked when he woke up was if our house had burned down.... I told him it had not and he said.... "oh I LOVE Heavenly Father"!!

Today we are grateful for the NOT so subtle reminder of whats important in our lives!! Our hearts go out to the families who lost their homes and we are all anxious to start helping them rebuild their lives!!!

 - Herriman fire crews concerned about predicted winds (Gallery Viewer) - Herriman fire crews concerned about predicted winds (Gallery Viewer)


Ciara said...

WHOA. so glad you and your family are safe and that your home was spared!

Sylvia said...

I'm so glad your family and home are safe. How scary. When I read the part about your little boy it brought tears to my eyes, what a sweetheart.

Hilary said...

I can't imagine what that would feel like. I too nearly cried when I read what Brayden said. Zac and i were so worried for all of you out ther that were evacuated. We stayed up until around 11:30 glued to the news. The mountain was glowing on our side and every once in a while it would get brighter in certain areas. We were just praying it wasn't homes burning.
So so glad ya'll are ok. You must be so proud of your husband being able to help fight the fire like that.

kelly said...

i watched that on the news non stop, we are so grateful you are ok. i love Heavenly Father too for taking care of you and your wonderful family. if only i could be your neighbor again....sigh....

i miss and love you tons and tons and tons and then some...