Dirt don't burn

We really appreciate all of the well wishes, comments, and offers for help after the Witch Fire burned through the ranch. It has been 7 days since it started and I am just now able to get time to get on the 'net and see how many e-mails I'm behind on (1,745). We've still got a lot of work to do around the ranch to get things back to normal and we may be without power for another week or two.  I could really use a hot shower. Here is a picture of the ranch taken from the hill behind us.

Richard's Ranch after the Witch Fire 

You can see that the fire burned right up to the back pasture's horse fence. We had a few small fires in the llama pasture, but they didn't cause any real concern. In the distance you can see some hot spots still burning.  The rocks in the foreground are scorched. A week later, and there are still a few hot spots around.

In case you are wondering, all of the animals are fine.  It will take a while to repair the damage, though. Most of my neighbors have lost their homes and the community of Ramona is rallying to help.

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