I had a very emotional day today. I got misty-eyed not just once. I got misty-eyed twice. Here's how it all unfolded.
First, I wrote a heartfelt "Thank You" to the Halstead Fire managers saluting them for meeting their stated goals posted August 2nd when the fire was a baby.
Click here to read my "Thank You" and analysis of how fire managers met their goals:
Then, I clicked off to the InciWeb site and was stunned to see my photo standing front and center on the front page of the official government fire website. That's when I got misty-eyed the first time.
After regaining my composure I sent another Thank You note to the Fire Information Public Information Officer Madonna (one name only) for putting up my photo.
Then she replied with this note of her own:
"We all thought that was the perfect photo to leave this fire with! Thanks for sending it. Everyone has wanted to take the file home. Beautiful day here in Stanley -- crisp and sunny! Yahoo! Alas, I am headed to Mustang to do info up there for about a week, think it still has some smoke issues. Was great to keep you up to date with info. You are providing a great service keeping all the Salmon Country people informed. Take care and have a great fun fall! Madonna"
That's when I got misty-eyed the second time. Today is the two month anniversary of when lightning started the fire.
Here is the official government InciWeb link: http://inciweb.org/incident/3062/
Just in case the InciWeb photo "vaporizes," I am curating a screen clip of it below as well as the original photo.