I have always had a great respect for our local fire departments but until this week had never depended on them; this week our neighborhood had to depend on every fire department in the county, including the towns of Franklin and Highlands and the capable folks at the Forest Service.
When the forest fire started on our mountain, our entire neighborhood was at risk. The high winds, low humidity and cold temps created a worst case scenario. For a couple hours it looked like many of us could have our homes destroyed by the fire. Thankfully, that did not happen! Because of the close coordination and cooperation between the Forest Service and all of the fire departments from Macon County, we did not lose a single home. I cannot begin to name all the fire departments, but I would like to let them know we appreciate their hard work on our behalf and thank them for our entire community.