This time we were Lucky —
No Santana winds,
Or dryness or conditions,
When the water supply was thin.
But had this been weeks later,
When conditions could be right —
Our way of life and safety
Would not be a pleasant sight.
We all should give serious thought
To “back-up” water supplies;
And necessary pumps and things —
Making it easier to survive.
How come the sum is spent on things
To bring us joy and fun,
And little, if anything,
On a fire that’s due to come?
My life was spent in fighting fires,
And watching humans act —
It’s still a great surprise to me,
How people ignore the facts!
Retired Fire Captain Emmett Finch