I wanted to start with telling you that we got our water back quickly yesterday. It was a computer error, on our pump system. The pump guys fixed it within minutes after arrival. They said that our well is very deep, and that we have so much water that the well could not run dry. That is a relief. I would never waste water in a drought, of course, but still.
CalFire (in charge for the firefighting efforts in our state,) said yesterday that they will report the containment progress of the Carr Fire twice a day, 7am, and 7pm. Since it’s only 5.30am now, I’ll share their 7pm report from last night.
Size: 103,772 acres
Expected Full Containment: Unknown
Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 2
Residential Structures Destroyed: 818
Commercial Structures Destroyed: 3
Other Destroyed: 311
Residential Structures Damaged: 167
Commercial Structures Damaged: 5
Other Damaged: 37
|Situation Summary:||Northern portions of the fire remained active throughout the day. Firefighters continued to construct containment lines and contingency lines. Winds will increase late tonight and into tomorrow morning. Hot and dry weather, previously unburned fuels, and steep terrain will contribute to fire growth. Crews will work to mitigate spot fire potential across control lines. Evacuation orders have been lifted for Douglas City, and portions of Happy Valley, Shasta Lake City, and Redding.|
The containment line towards our side of town are strong, and growing. The fuel have burned out on this side, and the fire is moving away. People are exhausted, and in shock. Some people who was allowed to return home yesterday did not have a home to return to. It feel almost wrong to be as lucky as we’ve been so far. On of the first night’s of the fire we housed an evacuee in our house. He told me that it was OK to feel happy and grateful to be spared from the worst terror. I’m not really sure why he told me that, but I’ve been thinking about it afterwards. I am grateful, very grateful, but devastated for for those who lost their loved ones, and everyone that lost their home. There is still a lot of people missing, separated from their loved ones. In the midst of this there is an incredible community spirit, and goodness in people showing. People are on their own initiative collecting food, clothes, and hygiene articles among friends, that they themselves distribute to evacuated people that you can see everywhere around town. That is heart warming to see!
My daughter is still out of state with her dad. I got to talk to her for an hour yesterday, and that was the highlight of my day. My other girl, my dog, is feeling a little bit more like herself. I drove to Red Bluff, a nearby town to get some supplies yesterday, and got her a big bone. That lifted her spirits. I’m going back to work today. I better get ready. Just a short update to let you know what’s going on, and for my friends to know that I’m still here. In good spirit. Ready to go if need be.