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.