The “I Smell Smoke Fire”
It’s been really warm the past few days and today I had fire on my mind.(Ok, well it’s on my mind alot these days but today more than normal.) I was thinking about the lack of humidity, the wind and wondering what all the fire numbers were looking like. I know we have had alot of rain lately, but nonetheless, fire was on my mind.
I felt kind of silly when I smelled smoke around 2:30 pm today. The smell was faint and I knew it could be someone’s campfire but I went out on the deck to take a look at the sky. I didn’t see anything but the smell of smoke was a little stronger so I went downstairs to talk to Mike.
"I smell smoke, do you?" "No." "Well, I do. Would it be really paranoid of me to call it in?" "No, go ahead." I dialed the US Forest Service number and spoke to the woman at the desk. I told her my name, my location and that I smelled smoke. She said she would let the proper person know.
Then I decided to call law enforcement to let them know. While I was on the phone explaining the situation someone came in the store and said they could see smoke on Gull Lake. I began to panic and lost my patience with the dispatcher when she wanted a better location of the fire. I think I said something like, "It’s on Gull Lake in the woods just send a plane up here!" Ok, I maybe yelled it and I also maybe swore, but I’m not sure.
About that time a neighbor walked into the store and said, "There’s flames on Gull Lake!" At that I know I screamed out loud.
For those of you who don’t know, we live on the Seagull River and less than 1/4 of a mile to our south is Gull Lake which flows into the river. The fire was burning on the southeast corner of Gull Lake, about 1/2 mile straight south of us. The fire was close and memories of the fast moving Ham Lake Fire were even closer in my mind.