At 11:30pm Sunday October 8th my roommate, Layton Smith, and I lost every possesion we have to what is now being reffered to as the Cascade Fire. About a half hour previously we had called the local sheriff to see if we needed to evacuate because we could see a lot of smoke even though it was dark. He relpied no, someone would come if we needed to evacuate. The wind was blowing a constant 40mph in our direction, the fire was moving fast and the sheriff could't have known how close we were. Moments later the power went out and the sky deleloped an orange glow. We had just enough time to grab flashlights, a few meger posessions and get our dogs before it was on top of us. There was not time to plan or think, only run. We are thankful we had a big enough truck to make it past the flames and our dogs trusted us enough to get in the car when we asked.
To see the video of our escape please follow this link.Death Defying Escape from Cascade Wildfire
I want to be clear that we do not blame the sheriff or the fire department for what happened to us, even thouh we do curse them breifly in the video. Those were words said in a fear fuled adrenaline rush. We know they were doing their best and there is no way they could have known how fast it was moving at that time. I heard at one point it was burning 1,000 acres per hour. We have nothing but respect for what they have done for our community.
Layton has fire insurance for the property but it will not cover any of my possesions, it hardly has enough to cover half of what he lost. I lost my car, my tools, all of my hunting and fishing gear, my snowboarding equiptment, my computer, my clothes, everything except my dogs and my life.
I thank you so much for any help you can offer. So many have lost so mcuh.