I'm alive, and safe. So is the Chrysler. We had a fire, the Almeda Fire, rip through the southern end of the valley and charge north. Two towns, Talent and Phoenix, were nearly erased from the map. Yeah, the same Talent where Microtrain's resides. They came through unscathed, but some employees have lost everything. The fire came within 5 miles from my work, pushed along with 40mph winds. A local TV station has a camera on top of the retirement home structure which is higher than any other point in the valley, and after dark when the camera was pointed toward Phoenix and Talent, it looked like Dresden, Germany in 1944 after an Allied bombing raid. The pyres in the distances were the 800-1000 homes and apartments, or numerous businesses burning to the ground. At one point listening to the scanner, a task force leader proclaimed "we're writing off San George and Glenwood Mobile Estates, we'll make our stand at South Stage Rd." The fire didn't get past South Stage, and San George still stands. Another fire popped up on the north end of Medford, this one nearly getting into the RR park, they were calling for immediate evacuations, I thought the park and clubhouse would be lost, but Medford Fire beat it back. This was all Tuesday and Tuesday night. Yesterday afternoon, another fire right near where the north Medford fire was took off and began charging toward Central Point. Hotels, a Pilot Truck Stop and Costco all were immediately evacuated as it took off. As it parallelled the freeway, it was closed as DC-10 retardant bombers made drops across the freeway to impede the fire. Once again, the fire department won, with no structures lost and stopped it just as it was entering the property at a Holiday Inn Express. One of my coworkers lost everything, another thought he had but found his trailer still standing, kinda warped and melted but the contents inside intact, even having his fridge still working with cold beer and frozen steaks. Another coworkers house somehow survived, but his fathers house, and his brothers house a block over are gone. We already had a very tight housing situation here, this just made it leagues worse than it was. Today, we're choking on smoke and ash from the fires that burn in the mountains around us, with more evacuations in place as the towns of O' Brien, Cave Junction, and Shady Cove are in imminent peril. We all hope the forecast for rain next week comes true. I leave you a link to a helicopter flight to video the damage.