What are they dropping on the fire?

Lake McDonald Lodge fire 2017
Lake McDonald Lodge marina and the DeSmet.

 

Lake McDonald Lodge fire 2017
Lake McDonald Lodge marina was closed and wouldn’t allow us to dock.

 

Lake McDonald Lodge fire 2017
Cabin 20 (with boat house) from the water.

 

Lake McDonald Lodge fire 2017
Mt Brown lookout in danger in the next 30 minutes.

 

Lake McDonald Lodge fire 2017
Fingers crossed we get to live here for a week next Summer.

 

Lake McDonald Lodge fire 2017
Ginger, the Golden Retriever.

 

Lake McDonald Lodge fire 2017
Ginger has no cares about the fire. Her owner on the other hand, realizes she may return to nothing but ashes.

 

Howard says, “What are they dropping on the fire?”

“Water.”, i reply.

We watched the helicopter make continuous trips behind the ridge then back up near Mt Brown Lookout and drop “water”.

Howard spotted two people on a dock near Cabin 20 and said, “Let’s ask them.”

“They’re not gonna know. Plus, it’s creepy because we are complete strangers.”

Howard drifted closer and struck up a conversation. They invited us to dock.

An Attorney and a Real Estate Agent. One grew up spending Summers in the Family cabin (just down from Cabin 20). The other, a friend of hers.

We sensed a deep sadness in the reality that the fire is unstoppable, no rain is in the forecast, and fire danger at extreme even without the fire.

There was talk that their only hope may be the first snowfall.

It’s September 2nd.

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