On Sunday, we watched it kick up and mentally/emotionally realized that something was coming as ash rained down on the farm and the air tankers started running laps right overhead. As evening turned into night, we realized how close the Grandview fire really was and began motivating the big response. We filled water trucks, sharpened and tuned chainsaws, found all the bar oil and mixed gas for the saws, packed go bags, turned sprinklers on, and generally came together as a crew and farm family to make sure that we were responding as best and safely as we could.
On Monday, we awoke and kept an eye on things. Ashanti was up on the line with the water truck, Mel & Jer were doing a lot of sprinkler placement, brush thinning, and chainsaw tuning, and the interns and farmers harvested and weeded. We moved animals around to safer spots and corralled our dogs and cats in case we had to move out quick. The fire was close and we spent a lot of time and energy preparing, but the vegetables and weeds continued to grow and the animals still needed milking and feeding.