> so there was a fire near to your place?
'near' is not quite how I would put it ...
It started a long way away, and went past our place at about 20 km/hr, with a strong hot wind driving it. This sort of speed is only medium: really bad fires travel much faster. Then they start to 'spot fire' ahead ...
We were about 100 metres from the edge, but very fortunately there was a sealed road between us and it - with a lot of fire trucks on it. However, we spent the next few days removing all the burnt leaves from around the house: they carpeted the ground.
General characteristics of CH-54 Sky Crane (Wikipedia)
* Crew: 3
* Payload: 20,000 lb (9,000 kg)
* Length: 88 ft 6 in (26.97 m)
* Rotor diameter: 72 ft 0 in (21.95 m)
* Height: 25 ft 5 in (7.75 m)
* Disc area: 4071.5 ft² (378.24 m²)
* Empty weight: 19,800 lb (8,980 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 47,000 lb (21,000 kg)
* Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney T73-P-700 turboshaft engines, 4,800 shp (3,580 kW) each
* Maximum speed: 150 mph, 240 km/h
* Cruise speed: 115 mph, 185 km/h
* Range: 230 mi, 370 km
* Service ceiling 18,330 ft (5,600 m)
* Rate of climb: 1,330 ft/min (6.75 m/s)