Dowsing Wildfires: Doce Fire June 2013

Written by Maggie Percy

That ‘Uh-Oh!' Moment

Dowsing emergency situations: maybe this wouldn't be the best time to learn…

The Doce Fire started on Tuesday, June 18th near Prescott. In less than 7 hours, it had destroyed nearly 7000 acres, roaring across Granite Mountain in a northeasterly direction.

By Tuesday evening is was less than 10 miles from our house and 0% contained. Over 450 homes were evacuated Tuesday evening several miles from us. It was a rush job. Since it was a rural area, livestock also had to be evacuated. The fire got within yards of people's homes…(That's NOT our house in the photo…)Doce fire, Williamson Valley

We decided since it was headed for us, we better do some dowsing! Read this post to find out how we dowse in emergency situations, and how you can learn to get accurate answers at times like this.


Dowsing emergency situations…

The biggest pitfall when dowsing in emergencies is FEAR. That's why we have spent years working on ourselves to release fear from our perceptions. Anyone who expects to dowse well in tough situations probably needs a LOT of work on releasing fear. Fear will block your dowsing response, making it useless.

Any clearing method works. Find one you like and practice it often. You need to clear the fear in advance, because you never know when you will face an emergency and want to dowse well. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is especially useful. But use whatever works for you. You will know you have succeeded, because when faced with an emergency, you won't feel a lot of fear.

The Fire Starts…


Here's a time-lapse view of the first day–less than 7 hours–of the Doce Fire. It starts on the south side of Granite Mountain, and sweeps over the mountain by sunset, growing in size as it moves north with the wind.

View from our house of Doce fire


Tuesday evening, our view of Granite Mountain was blocked, because the smoke was blowing in our direction. This photo is a view from our living room window. The smoke had been getting worse all day, as the fire drew nearer.

…and It Was Big!

Out on the road, a bit to the east or west, people took photos of the actual fire. Here are some of them. We never actually saw the fire itself, except at night. At night, the wind died down, and the mountain glowed orange.

Doce fire on Granite Mountain, June 2013Doce fire, Granite Mountain

People were being evacuated not far from us. We had a decision to make. We had 8 cats and 2 dogs, and only 4 cat carriers and 1 dog carrier. We couldn't imagine how we were going to load 10 animals into our vehicle and flee the area without losing one or more of them. Evacuation centers aren't equipped to handle cats. Especially that many. We had no place to go, even if we could pack them into the car.

Dowsing Emergency Situations

It made sense to dowse about the possibility of evacuation. If we knew how the fire would go, we could plan better. Sounds simple, right? But try dowsing in a situation like that, with your nose full of smoke and your eyes burning from having it flow through your house all day, knowing the wind is pushing the fire in your direction.

Doce fire map 2013Just to ramp it up a notch, here's a map of the track the fire was following, being pushed by prevailing winds, which were gusting to 35 mph throughout the day in areas that had had NO rain for months.

Looking at the maps didn't exactly inspire us with hope…note that the fire traveled from the pin at the bottom of the map to the one near Williamson in less than 7 hours. That was the time covered in the time-lapse video above. Things weren't looking good. Tuesday night it didn't seem wise to go to sleep!

Here are some things we needed to consider:

  • Evacuation is not mandatory, but you must stay on your property if you elect not to evacuate after the order is given, due to various reasons
  • The process of evacuation is understandably traumatizing to pets
  • You need a place to go to if you choose to evacuate, and we didn't have one
  • Staying in a home during a fire can be very dangerous not only due to fire, but due to smoke
  • We only had one car, and we weren't convinced all the pet carriers we had would fit–even though we didn't have enough carriers
  • We knew that any other belongings probably wouldn't fit, if we managed to fit the pets in the car
  • If you have room, what do you take with you besides the clothes on your back?
  • If your house burns down, it's helpful to have a video record of the contents for insurance claims. We didn't have one…
  • How much house insurance do you have? What's covered? You don't want to leave behind valuables you can't replace, but space is limited, as is time

Using a Whole Brain ApproachLeft or right brain dominant?

As mentioned earlier, you need to eliminate fear if you want to dowse accurately in emergency situations. We've been doing that. It helped us in two ways:

  • Fear blocks intuition. By removing fear, and by dowsing often, we were in close touch with our intuition and ability to sense. Both Nigel and I tuned in to the fire. Neither of us got a sense of danger to us personally. Nor did we feel an urge to leave the area. This in spite of all the hype. Also in spite of the logic of the speed and direction of the fire. Both of us felt it would be resolved rather soon and not endanger us.
  • When we actually dowsed about the fire, we were able to be more detached, because we had little fear.

Next, we decided that each of us would dowse a series of questions and then compare answers. As you know, your dowsing question must be very good, or you can get an incorrect answer. That wouldn't be good now!

Here's what I did. Nigel probably had his own way of approaching it that might have been different. What really matters is that you practice and train and learn what works for you. Some things I dowsed:

  1. Will the Doce fire that is now burning reach our property?
  2. Will that fire cause significant smoke damage to us, any of our pets or our property?
  3. When will the fire stop growing? When will the fire be contained fully?
  4. Is evacuating our property an 8 or higher on a scale of 10, where 0 gives no benefits and 10 gives a lot?

Those are a few of the aspects I dowsed. None of them indicated we were in danger at all.

Doce fire near PrescottWhen I compared notes with Nigel, he agreed that we were not in danger from the fire.

At that point, we could have asked a dowsing buddy to dowse for us, but we chose not to, because we felt confident of our answers.

This was where the Whole Brain approach came in. Although we trust our dowsing, we also use our left brains to take appropriate actions just in case. So we did the following:

  • We made a list of what we would take with us if faced with an evacuation situation
  • We talked about where we could go that would take the pets if we had to evacuate, as concern for them probably would affect our dowsing
  • We looked at our work schedule and decided what to do about the various things on it for the next two days
  • We gathered important papers like our passports and insurance documents together just in case
  • We went around the house photographing everything and then backed up the files to the cloud server
  • We checked our insurance coverage
  • We talked with our neighbors
  • We signed up for Code Red alerts on our cell phone, because we don't have a landline and reverse 911 won't work for us
  • We found several websites we checked regularly for updates on the fire
  • We went back and redowsed and tuned in to things periodically as new facts came in, to see if anything had changed
  • We cleared ourselves and our property a number of times a day–negative energies were flowing through the area

The Outcomequestions

At the time I am writing this, the fire is 15% contained, but has not moved any closer to us. The winds are still bad during the day, but the boosted efforts of firefighters seem to have made progress. Smoke is not bad at 11am today (Thursday), and that is an improvement over yesterday. Yesterday we finally closed up the house and turned on the air conditioning, as the smoke was making our eyes and throats hurt.

A key final point to make is about detachment. We knew what outcome we wanted. But we can't control that. We took a detached attitude. We did everything the best we could and set our intention for a positive outcome. We were prepared no matter what happened.

We then acknowledged that things might not go the way we wanted. But we chose to believe that even if they did not, that it would be a positive outcome, and that in the long run, it would be for our benefit. We could not see how that could be, but that didn't matter.

We know that we can create positive outcomes, but they don't always come in the package we imagined. So we had to let go of attachment to our particular vision of the outcome.

You Can Dowse About Critical Choices

Dowsing answersAnyone can reduce stress by learning to dowse well in practical situations. The more you dowse, the better you get. And eventually you are good enough to dowse in emergency situations like health crises and fires.

But you won't be anything but a hobbyist if you don't train and practice. And we want to emphasize that changing your outlook to less fearful and more detached is vital, and this almost always requires ongoing clearing work on yourself.

Bottom line is, dowsing can save you so much–even save your life–but you have to work a bit to get the skill level required for success in emergencies.

We are convinced you have the ability, and we are happy to help you develop that skill if you wish.


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