Staying cool in the pool and collected in Glenshire
While towers of smoke engulfed the ridge above Juniper Creek just before 7 p.m. Monday night, Dick Munday picked up his book at the Glenshire Devonshire Swimming Pool.
His daughter, Rose, toweled off after a dip. About 20 other people, children mostly, splashed in the pool as their parents lounged on lawn chairs, one eye on the kids. In front of the clubhouse, seven dogs and their owners paced through the commands at dog obedience school. Traffic was minimal. Altogether it was a normal night around the Glenshire community despite day two of the Martis Fire and 17,000 acres burning in the background.
Though morning rumors caused concern among local residents, Truckee Fire District captain Gary Botto said there was no immediate need for evacuation.
“People were panicking, worried about having to evacuate Glenshire,” Botto said. “Right now there’s no threat to Glenshire and there probably won’t be.”
By the afternoon people appeared, on the surface at least, unconcerned that the ravages of the wild fire had swallowed the usual eastern backdrop of pine-cloaked peaks.
“No concerns at the moment,” said Munday, 58. “Not concerned for our immediate safety, but for the forest burning.” Munday knew of no one who had packed up, but he hadn’t ignored the issue.
“Our family has made plans,” said the architect, like putting together some personal items and keeping their animals, including their horses, close. His neighbors had done some more planning as well, but Munday said he wasn’t as worried as he had been the day before.
“Yesterday, everyone was concerned when it first flared up. It’s always scary when you see a fire where it doesn’t belong,” he said. “It seems to be far away and is moving away from us.”
Far away or not, Rene Grennan packed up a few photos and other “cherishables” and put her dogs in the kennel. When Grennan came home Sunday night, Natalie, her 11-year-old daughter, had already boxed up many of the family’s accessible belongings. But they weren’t going anywhere even if Grennan worried to herself.
“I have been very concerned,” said Grennan, who runs the Learning Express day care center in Glenshire. “I’m just calm on the outside. I think it’ll be OK.”
In the Glenshire General Store parking lot with his dog, Jeff Yeider also thought all was apparently well.
“The only concern I have is God turning the wind around on us,” said Yeider, a dental lab technician who works out of his home. ” I watched all day. They know what they’re doing.”
Stating that he is ready to pick up and go at any time any way, Yeider hadn’t packed a thing. He set up his telescope and slung a pair of binoculars around his neck while Ranger, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix snooped around, nose to the ground. Yeider had done what he needed to do for defensible space around his house, and all he could do at the moment was sit back and watch.
“I think the main concern should be to protect the nearest residents,” he said.
” Charles Levinson contributed to this report.
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