"Mom, it's getting closer." It's September of 2015 and my 16-year-old son is on his computer checking the progress of the Valley Fire that is ripping through Northern California. He's trying not to let his emotions show, but I can hear the catch in his voice.
My 19-year-old son, away at college, is texting. "I think we're going to lose the cabin. This is so sad."
My husband and I are obsessing over Twitter and Facebook, trying to get news. Everyone has been evacuated, so we rely on social media posts from the fire crews. Via Twitter, we learn that the 75,000-acre fire has reached Sycamore Road in Loch Lomond, not more than 150 yards from our little cabin.