Here are a few (relatively) updated news links and videos about the fire:
MNICS - Scroll down for photos and/or at the top, click on "Green Valley Perimeter Map" to see a digital/aerial map showing the size of the fire. The main highway out here is shown in green directly in the middle of the area. (The fire jumped the main highway during the afternoon on Tuesday, May 14.)
We're safe and the fire is mostly contained. Although, there are plenty of hot spots with potentials for flare-ups so there are still those in high risk areas who need to remain cautious at this point.
I took more photos of the damage today when I brought the kids out to the park this afternoon as we drove by the area of the fire's path. But I'm extremely tired tonight. I was up until 5:00 a.m. last night (Tuesday to Wednesday) because I was so anxious about the fire. I'll try to post those photos soon.
It was eerie to see the damage. The ground is completely black and charred and there were spots where we could see smoke still today but we had expected to see all of the trees completely burned and just the black trunks standing. But the only part that was completely burned in the areas we could see from the main highway was the ground/brush. The trees remained standing. The pine trees still had their green needles and the buds on the rest of the trees still remained green. It was quite bizarre to see, and completely unexpected for the sheer size of the fire. I'm not sure if it's like that everywhere but it was for as far as we could see in the areas along the highway.
They're expected to have all roads opened up again by Thursday (last I heard) so we're hoping to do some more driving around at that point. It's quite the solemn feeling to see it all and think about... And it's a miracle that there were no injuries or casualties for such a massive blaze.
Continued thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have lost their homes, outbuildings and businesses.
We're so grateful and thankful for all of the firefighters and rescue personnel and volunteers who worked, and are continueing to work, to keep everyone safe!
Latest stats: 7100 acres burned. And one of my friends mentioned on Facebook: 12 residencies lost, 2 commercial properties and about 41 outbuildings.