The afternoon that the Lower North Fork Fire started, I received a text alert on my cell phone from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. It was a mandatory evacuation notice, and my heart leapt into my throat. I looked out my home office window in Arvada to see a huge plume of smoke to the south.
My immediate thought went to our Evacuation Plan. In my head, I started our four step process:
1) Where is Claire, my kindergartener? (in her room playing)
2) Where are my cats? (both asleep on our bed)
3) How quickly can I get to the three “Go-Bag” backpacks we have hanging downstairs? (less than 30 seconds)