Last week, the smoke from the Lake Fire, over 300 miles away, was drifting through the air here.  A reminder that brave men and women will be putting their lives on the line again this summer to protect our forests and the lives and property of nearby residents.  On June 30, 2013, nineteen firefighters perished in a matter of minutes as emergency protective gear was deployed, yet was insufficient to save them from the flames that had changed direction.  They were all from the Granite Mountain Hotshots, based in Prescott, Arizona.  Drought statistics are indicating this has the potential for a long fire season.  Let’s see if we can make it through without any similar stories.

My tribute photo was taken at sunset from Granite Mountain.