This is the fire we had been warned about. Not on a remote part of the desert or far off in the wilderness, but right in the thickly populated forest around Lake Tahoe.
There may come great changes from this catastrophe on such things as how forests are managed and how homeowners must protect their property. But for now, it is the people we must be concerned about.
Thousands of lives are being changed. Fear and uncertainty hang as thick as the smoke.
It is in the hands of the firefighters now, and with them go our thoughts and prayers …