God's Glory

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Another of the sunset photo’s taken this afternoon from my side yard. Jan.5/2008,looking south over Okanogan Mountain Park. I’m not sure if any of you remember but in 2003 we had a very intense forest fire on this mountain that burned for a number of days. It was a devastating fire that destroyed 256 homes and caused over 30,000 people to be evacuated. The fire burned all along the mountainside for well over twelve miles and over the ridges down the backside of the mountains. It destroyed everything in it’s path. Flames were shooting hundreds of feet in the air and could be seen from miles away. The smoke was so bad you could hardly breath for days on end.
If you look closely you can still see the bare patches in places where all the forest was destroyed. The fire started at the south point of the park from a single lightening strike and spread very quickly. Then when we all thought it was going to get even worse, and the flames were jumping sometimes two miles ahead of the main blaze due to high winds and hot temperatures, suddenly a small rain storm blew across from the southwest and it rained hard for about fifteen minutes, just in the right places, and the fire practically went out, enough so that it was quickly brought under control, and no more houses were lost. It was amazing to watch and see this happen! It didn’t rain anywhere else except where it was really needed. Truly a miracle! Not one life was lost and the community really showed it’s true heart and came together as a whole to support our people and make sure everyone was taken care of.
I lived on a ranch on that mountainside as a teenager right where some of the worst damage was done. The ranch called the “M7 Ranch” had been sold off and subdivided after we moved away from that area and many big, beautiful homes had been built there. Thankfully most of the area has now been rebuilt and thousands of new trees have been planted on the mountainside. It will take time but the area will come back to it’s former beauty eventually.

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