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Heroes And Goats

States are pulling out all of the stops to fight wildfires. The states of New Mexico and California are employing goats. Goats are known for their greediness or and  undying hunger. Isn’t it funny that we use an animal that’s never full to turn away a beast that consumes everything in its path. All fire needs is a hint of oxygen to feed its insatiable appetite. States are also investing in fleets of helicopters and planes equipped with infrared heat seeking technology that will help firefighters zero in on hot spots. Many states are doing all they can to protect their citizens from the faceless destroyer of communities. 

President Talks Wildfires

Eight western Governors participated in a teleconference call with President Barack Obama to discuss the wildfire season and what states are doing to get prepared. Dialogue with the President began in February when he met with the Governors of the western states to discuss the complex challenges presented by an increasingly dry future for the region, according to a White House news release. The wildfire season has begun earlier and is expected to last longer than usual. The President expressed his commitment to working closely with the Governors as they deal with fires and their devastating impacts, according to release. He also reiterated the administrations commitment to fund wildfire suppression in a more responsible and effective way, a commitment that was included in his fiscal year 2015 budget request. The President stated that the federal government will continue to look for ways to effectively partner with state and local governments, and that he looked forward to continuing to engage with the Governors as they prepare their states for the impacts of a changing climate.  

Bend Fire Combined

Two wildfires have burned over 6100 acres north of Bend,OR causing homes to be evacuated Sunday. KVTZ reports a fire lookout called in the fire around 12:45 Saturday and they had not fully combined Sunday. The Saddleback area was evacuated Saturday afternoon and the Johnson Ridge subdivision was evacuated Sunday. Other residents were evacuated bringing the total number of evacuees to around 190 homes. Around 2,000 people were put on notification alert on Sunday as fires raged near the city. 

Bend Fire Combined

Two wildfires have burned over 6100 acres north of Bend,OR causing homes to be evacuated Sunday. KVTZ reports a fire lookout called in the fire around 12:45 Saturday and they had not fully combined Sunday. The Saddleback area was evacuated Saturday afternoon and the Johnson Ridge subdivision was evacuated Sunday. Other residents were evacuated bringing the total number of evacuees to around 190 homes. Around 2,000 people were put on notification alert on Sunday as fires raged near the city. 

California Homeowners Worried

The recent plague of wildfires in the western states have caused home owners to start checking on their homeowners policies. They are starting to take a more proactive approach to protecting their properties. With all of the recent coverage from the media about wildfires and the forecast of an even drier spring and summer have homeowners worried. Agents are receiving more call than normal from customers checking on their coverage and advice on how to protect their homes.

The Cost are Gonna Get Higher

The wildfires in Southern California are hitting taxpayers where it hurts and the cost are only going to get higher as the season continues. The rough estimate is nearly 60 million in losses, firefighting and other cost. A dozen wildfires in northern ans eastern counties have destroyed 44 houses  and an 18 unit apartment complex. The county says it cost local governments nearly 28 million to respond to,fight and recover from the fires. That includes cost for evacuating thousands of homes. Private property owners suffered loses of over 30 million.

Arizona Is On Fire

Wildfires are burning in a canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff that are reminders of whats to come in Arizona this season. Authorities warned over 3000 residents in two communities between Sedona and Flagstaff that they need yo be ready to evacuate if the fire continues to advance. According to to a Facebook page launched by authorities  to keep the public informed, the fire has grew to over 4830 acres Thursday morning.

The Roof Is On Fire

As I browse the photos of the carnage that the wildfires in Southern California have left. There has been one thing in common about the homes that were destroyed. The frame of the homes were still standing but the roofs were all gone. The most vulnerable part of most homes is the roof. I’m not saying that fires don’t start from other parts of your property but look around on the internet and see the pictures for yourself. An ember from a wildfire can travel up to one mile with just a light breeze just imagine if it had 40 mph breeze behind it according to smokeybear.com.

The roof on most homes is an asphalt roof which is made with gasoline and we all know how flammable that is. Imagine when you were a child and you got a big bottle of bubbles with a big wand with a bunch of holes in it. When you took the wand filled with the solution and ran with it the bubbles went everywhere. Embers in a wildfire are like the bubbles once the wind gets behind them. They flow until they land on something and most of the times its your roof.

Lead and We Will Follow.

If the owner want stand firm on standards what are you to do. How can you expect someone else to care about your stuff if you don’t. I understand it’s hard to find good Drivers but you have to have some standards. I’m a proud father of 2 girls and I want them to compare every potential mate to me. You see I take good care of my girls. I always open the door for them. I call them my Princesses  and no need goes unmet. They’ve never seen me be abusive to their mom and I’ve always worked and provided for them. As a business owner you have to see your business just as one of your children. You have to be willing to sacrifice your needs so it can survive and grow. People like to be led not managed.

Raise Your Standards

Do you have standards or do you just stand. Some days I just want to just lower my standards and just let anything go. Other days I raise the bar and know one can reach the standard. How do you find the sweet spot? When you’re a Professional Trucker there are times when the bar want be held too high but you better believe when those times come you will be the one who loses. When your employer has no standards you better believe what they offer you is second rate to what they do for themselves or their family. If you hold yourself to high standards don’t drop them just because of where you are employed.