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

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It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

26 thoughts on “State Of Emergency – Carr Fire – Update Sunday Morning

  1. Thank you for the update.. Do you have your horse trailer hooked up and ready.. Sorry that’s the mother in me..When we lived in the San Gorgonio Mts. in southern cal, there was only one way in and out. We were only there for two years and did not experience a fire. There were a few flash floods, but we were on the high side. Take care and don’t wait to the last minute if you don’t have to..

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  2. It is a horrible situation up North! The smoke has been bad enough in the Valley – I can well imagine what it’s like further up! And the images of the destruction are heartbreaking. Be safe!

    On a lighter note – a friend posted a video of a 27 year old horse who finished the Tevis … just amazing!!


    1. It is horrible. Thank you for the kind comment!

      Wonderful to hear that a senior horse finishes. I wonder if it’s the same awesome senior that’s been racing for several continuos years now? I love it! there was also two mustangs among the top ten finishers !! That warms my heart. I hope that goes viral, so that we can get more mustangs out of those damn holding pens. They are like little jails. ..and god forbid helps to keep them from being slaughtered.

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  3. Aww, I can’t wait to see this fire in mop up mode, horrible destruction. 😢 I was wondering if you could try boiling some chicken for your dog. My daughter’s dog has a poor appetite but he perks up with chicken. The broth also is cherished. If you were to chop some up and then sit ground level with her while she eats it might give her some comfort and also telling her you are with it during this time. Does this make sense? Maybe even eat something along with her, it might give her an extra special connection with you. ❤️


    1. She would eat that, but she has such a sensitive stomach, so it would give her diarrhea. If it goes on for a lot longer I’ll give it a try. I have chicken breast in the freezer. Thanks you for the tips.


  4. I’m so glad to hear you are safe, what a struggle with all the smoke and ash. Hope there is an end in sight soon for everyone! ❤️
    My sister is a horse trainer and is semi-retired but among training English and hunters she also rode endurance and was in the Tevis 100 mile ride some years ago. Unfortunately she was the first one eliminated as her horse which was an Arab ran off with her and she got thrown into a tree and broke her arm. It was a slight fracture but none the less she was disappointed she didn’t finish. She finished many 100 mile rides before since you have to qualify for Tevis.

    I have another sister that lives in Forest Hills, CA and Auburn is close by so she’s always abreast of this famous endurance ride. That’s amazing a 27 yr old horse finished and there were mustangs in this year!! I wish I was younger as I am not yearning to run this ride! ❤️ Fun to see though, and admire those who challenge their horses! Definitely a good distraction from your events around you. Stay safe my friend! – Diana 😀

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    1. Thank you my friend, I sure hope so too 🙂

      What an experience for your sister! So sorry to hear she had an accident on the trail. Tevis is a grueling competition that’s for sure. The 27 year old was amazing. I read that he first belonged to the daughter in the family, and when the horses was 15 she moved on to other interests, and the mom started to ride him. The mom later on got into endurance riding, when the horses was in his late teens. How cool is that! I was thrilled to see the mustangs, and two ended up in top ten! And one of the two won the Haggins Cup! In those circles it’s at least, if not more, honorable to win the Haggins Cup. Quiet the feature. I hope that mustang is going viral on the internet. They sure could use the positive publicity. All the horses I saw this year, from my (semi) comfortable home, looked absolutely awesome!

      I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful start on the new week ❤

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  5. How far away are you from the fire?
    The fires on the moors here in northern England have finally been extinguished, thanks to the great human effort and the return of our normally reliable wet weather.

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  6. I’m worried for everyone up there. I bought my Haflinger from Top Of the Line farm in Redding.. they have so many beautiful horses…I hope they were able to evacuate or are safe.
    The sky here in Sacramento is yellow gray. Very creepy!

    It was Smokey hazed air in Tahoe this weekend. (Tevis actually starts at Camp Richardson on the south side of Tahoe ;/ )
    I was fortunate enough to be staying in Squaw Valley (more North/West of Tahoe] and was walking out to my car very early a.m.and was so excited to see the first riders come down and around the ridge right behind where we were staying. I ran to get my camera but even with a 300 mm zoom it was hard to catch them and they had to climb more than 1000 ft up to base camp/immigrant peak. I hiked there a few weeks ago and man there are a lot of rocks on that trail!

    I was rooting for Claire Godwin from MD (I used to live in the east) on her 27.5 y/o Arabian. They came in 13th!

    Stay safe from the fire!

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    1. I love Haflingers, wonderful horses! There is a few up here, and it’s always a treat to see them. I don’t know exactly where the farm you got your horse from is. Most evacuations (or all?) are on the west side of town. The east side is pretty much unharmed. The Tevis is lots of fun. I’ve been there taking pictures many times, hiking to different good viewpoints. I lived close to the trail for a while. I’ve ridden most of the trail, but not the same day. Thank YOU for your kind comment 🙏

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  7. It’s really good to hear from you and reading your updates. I am happy that the fire has not gotten close! I am really hoping that those nasty winds, which I know can be really awful, doesn’t build as expected, or pushes flames in a different direction. Sending you as many of the good wishes as I can! Stay Safe!


    1. Thank YOU 🙏 I appreciate your kindness. Ten minutes away still feels a little too close to be completely comfortable, but the most aggressive fire is further away. Hoping for a calm night. 🙏

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  8. It seems like every day the acreage of the fire doubles, containment must seem impossible to reach. It is a brush-eating monster. The firefighters are so brave, putting themselves in danger to fight this thing.
    Are you able to relax doing yoga or meditation? In truth, you sound like you are doing much better than I would be. I guess one never knows what one is capable of until we are put to the test. Sending you hugs!

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    1. Thank YOU 🙏 I believe the fire expands the most during night. Seems like it. They just now released that it is 17% contained. Which is great news, even though it’s a long way to go. I’ve been staying inside today; reading, writing, and making those pickles (finally.) The smoke eased a little in the afternoon, and everything got much easier. ❤️

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  9. Prayers being sent. Please take care of yourself!

    Make sure you have a suitcase packed, dog food ready, water packed, horse trailer ready to go.

    Hugs and more prayers!

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