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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
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.