Carr Fire – Update Tuesday

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 

Containment: 23% 

Expected Full Containment: Unknown 

Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 2 


Structures Threatened: 


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.


Ms Zen

Carr Fire – Monday Morning

Fire Update 7.20am

Size: 98,724 acres

Containment: 20%

Not quiet finding the zen this morning. We’re still kind of hanging in the air here. The fire calmed down some over night, and now some local residents post on Facebook that it’s picking up again. No new official reports for the day yet (6am.) As of last night the Carr Fire was 95,368 acres and 17% contained.

We are not in the line of fire. The smoke comes and goes. Right now it’s not bad (considering that we’re right next to the fire.) For a couple hours yesterday it was horrible, but then it went down to doable levels again. We woke up without water. We have bottled water for drinking, and the horses are fine for another couple of days. We’re going to look into that. We’re on a well, and not city water. Besides not having running water, we’re decently comfortable. My dog Gretchen, that I wrote about yesterday, did eat a little bit, and are mostly content just resting close to me. She is definitely affected by the situation.

My lungs are still telling me to keep inside as much as possible (I had a couple severe pneumonias as a child/teenager, that unfortunately resulted in sensitive airways.) I stayed inside all day yesterday and felt relatively OK. I read a lot, kept myself updated about the fire, communicated with family/friends, and took care of all the cucumber from my garden that were building up in my fridge. I made three different kind of pickles; Ghost Chili Pickles, Dill Pickles, and Parsley Pickles. It was fun.

I’m hoping to be able to stay here. Just wanted to keep you posted. I do have my bags packed by the door. There’s no telling what will happen. I got a few hours of sleep. Very grateful for that. Thank you firefighter’s and first responders for working around the clock, to save life’s and homes. We are forever grateful!

Before ending this post I need to share two super positive happenings from northern California, in the midst of all the chaos!

  1. Two mustangs placed in top ten, in the world’s toughest endurance race the Tevis Cup (took place Saturday. In northern California.) Cody, one of them WON The Haggins Cup (Sunday,) the award to the top ten horse found to be in the “most superior physical condition” after successful completing!! SO AWESOME!! Especially now when there’s thousands of mustangs in BLM’s holding pens, actually in risk to be sent to slaughter. Perfectly healthy horses, that could, with training, excel in many different disciplines. Just like the two amazing horses we saw this weekend. It made me incredibly happy to see. I’ve gentled, and started a few wild mustangs, and I know how amazing they are. Just so happy that the world gets to see their true potential. They need all the positive publicity they can get. More mustangs need to get out of those holding pens!
  2. Nellie Williams Miller, a local girl from Cottonwood (next to the Carr Fire,) won a prestigious barrel race.


Just a short update to let you know what’s going on, and for my friends and family to know that I’m still here. I hope that your week starts in the best possible way. Praying for safety for all. ❤ If it’s at all possible I will be back with updates.



Ms Zen



State Of Emergency – Carr Fire – Update Sunday Morning

The perimeter of the fire is more than 100 miles, or for comparison bigger than the city of Philadelphia. The smoke is worse than yesterday, and increasing. I can feel it. The Carr Fire is out of control, and actively burning at only 5% containment, on 89,194 acres. They say that the next 24 hours are critical, and that we might get winds up to 30mph. It’s hot, dry, and horrible. (Not in my house, I have great air-condition.) For a while I could take my mask of in the house, now it’s back on again. I’ve covered the doors with wet towels. Large sections of Redding, Happy Valley, Igo, Ono and Lewiston still remains under evacuation orders. We still have electricity where I live. It’s down in some places. People that are under mandatory evacuation are encouraged to turn their gas off, and either bring their firearms, or put them in gun safes (they are usually fire proof. I believe most people here have firearms. At least it is very common.)

I’ve been following my favorite, yearly endurance race, The Tevis Cup via the web. It’s been a great distraction. Wonderful race. It start’s in Truckee (Lake Tahoe area,) and goes 100 miles over some of the most rugged terrain in the world, crossing the Sierra Nevada mountain chain, towards the finish line in Auburn (CA.) I had two friends riding this year. Both of them finished within the allotted 24 hour time frame. I’m so proud of them! It’s on my bucket list to ride this competition one day. The horses in yesterday’s race all looked AWESOME!!! 

Talking about horses, mine are still doing great, despite the fire. My dog on the other hand is not herself. She is like a bandaid on me, and keeps a very, very close eye on me. She have barely eaten the past two days. Poor thing. She’s right next to me right now. She is super healthy, and strong, so I’m not overly worried for her. She is eating a little, and drinking as well.

I told work that I can’t  work right now. My lungs are definitely telling me to take things easy. I am pretty good at listening to my body. My body takes such great care of me, allowing me to do so much fun things, so I figure that’s the least I can do. To be able to help others I need to be strong. Working on that. 

I spent about 10-15 minute in the garden, around sunrise this morning, and did the minimum chores I needed to do. The birds have taken advantage of my abscence. I usually spend at least 3-4 hours in the garden every day, and about another 3-4 hours with my horses (within sight of the garden.) Now there’s been no-one in sight, so they’ve devoured the rest of the corn, that I had yet to harvest. Luckily that was the only thing they destroyed. I can live with that.

In my garden this morning. 

I did get about 4 hours of sleep last night, a lot more than the past nights. It felt very good. Even though I’m definitely not myself at the moment. I will need the energy today. Checking the current fire conditions, and worrying about the smoke constantly is tiresome. Just a short update to let you know what’s going on, and for my friends and family to know that I’m still here. Ready to go if need be. Praying for the victims of this fire. Grateful to be relatively comfortable, and safe. The community spirit is strong. I just saw that Turtle Bay Museum, in Redding, are waving their entrance fees today, and encouraging people to go there, and come together in a beautiful setting. It’s only the museum that is open, the park is closed due to smoke, and unhealthy air quality. Several restaurants, and business have provided free meals to victims, and deserves lots of cred for all their good deeds. Thank you firefighters, and first responders for everything you do!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We are forever grateful. This fire is definitely going to the history books, as a game changer for his town. Praying that something really good will evolve out of this tragedy.


Ms Zen