Desultory waves of wind sweep over the golden blades of grass causing it to vacillate. As temperatures continue to soar, the aridity present in the summertime air is palpable. The pungent aroma of smoke is subtle, yet still detectable without much discern. The degree of haziness is dependent on the day and prevailing winds. The valley we call home has, so far, been spared. The areas in contiguous regions, unfortunately, have not been as fortunate. Wildfire is a powerful and deadly adversary.

A heartfelt thank you to the women and men who put themselves in harm’s way fighting wildfires.

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