233. The Fire in the Hills (2) 

The next morning, Adam turned on the radio. fire had spread to 350 acres, and 550 had been evacuated. More than 400 fire fighters busy in the foothills. The winds had really up overnight. Fire officials declared that the fire only five percent contained. They said it might four to seven days to fully contain the .

Adam walked outside with his binoculars. Helicopters and -engine tankers were flying over the burn area, dropping and fire retardant. He could see lots of smoke just a couple of miles north of apartment building. He could hear the sirens of engines. All the cars on the street were with soot.

Adam's brother called from a nearby . “Are you going to have to evacuate?” he Adam. Adam said if they told everyone to , he would just put his laptop in his and drive over to stay with his brother. was amazed at how huge and menacing the had gotten in less than 24 hours. He that the winds would die down soon; this was a little scary. Just a couple of flying southward could result in hundreds of homes, his own, burning down. He did not want home to be on the five o’clock news.