Fire Update 7.20am
Size: 98,724 acres
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!
- 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!
- 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.