The North Fire in the San Mateos is now up to more than 42,000 acres but about 70% contained. This blaze never rec’d the media coverage the Dog Head fire got at 18,000 acres; the difference of course is Dog Head swept through an area with a scattered human population, burning two dozen homes and forcing the evacuation of nearly 400 people. I was surprised to see video on TV of a woman I used to work with at PNM whose family was among those burned out. I feel for her; as a young reporter I covered too many housefires and know how personally devastating they are. No matter how much insurance you have, it’s painful to see everything you have reduced to ashes.