Carr Fire – Update Wednesday Morning

I had a significantly better day yesterday, compared to the other days this past week. The smoke is still unhealthy bad, but it is better than we’ve had lately. The smoke have been horrible for my lungs, and that’ve made it impossible for me to think clearly. I started to get my thinking abilities back Monday afternoon (as the smoke eased up,) and yesterday I was almost back to my normal self. I can’t tell you how good it is to be me! I’m definitely more grateful for my normally awesome health. I enjoyed going back to work. I’d missed the horses there. The first thing I do when I get to work is to quickly check in on an injured horse, the only one that is in a stall. Just to make sure he has everything he needs. When I leaned in over his stall door yesterday, to check his water, hay etc. he reached out and put his muzzle on my cheek. I almost teared up. It was like he said welcome back! 

After work I spent about an hour in my garden, and another hour with my horses, the most time I’ve spent outside in a week. (I did wear a mask.) It felt really good! My dog, horses, and garden is doing good. 

Planted some black goji berries from seed yesterday. It’s a first, and very exciting!

I also cleaned up more in my garden, and I am continuing to prepare the empty beds for my fall garden. These carrots will be planted there shortly.

My two giant LSU Purple Fig trees are coming in to their second harvest for the year. Yum, yum! 

I’ve never tasted pickled squash, just felt that I’d like to try canning some yesterday. I still have a great abundance of yellow squash.  I seasoned them with Ghost Chili. 🌶

When I went to bed last night, this was the latest update on the Carr Fire: 

Incident Start Date: July 23, 2018 

Incident Start Time: 1:15 p.m. 

Incident Type: Wildland Fire 

Cause: Mechanical Failure of a Vehicle 

Incident Location: Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road 

CAL FIRE Unit: Shasta/Trinity 

Unified Command Agencies: CAL FIRE, National Parks Service, Redding City Fire 

Size: 112,888 acres 

Containment: 30% 

Expected Full Containment: Unknown 

Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 2 


Structures Threatened: 2,546 

Residential Structures Destroyed: 965 

Commercial Structures Destroyed: 16 

Other Destroyed: 397 

Residential Structures Damaged: 178 

Commercial Structures Damaged: 6 

Other Damaged: 60 

Situation Summary:  Shifting winds, steep terrain, and previously unburned fuels are contributing to spot fire potential across lines. Firefighters will continue to build control lines to mitigate spotting despite these challenging conditions. Winds will increase this evening and into Wednesday. Repopulation of communites affected by evacuations will continue as conditions allow. 

Some evacuations were lifted yesterday, many are still mandatory. It’s only 5.30am now, at around 7am there will be an update about last night’s fire activities. This was just to let my friends and family know that I’m still here. Slightly exhausted, but in good spirit. Ready to go if need be.


Ms Zen

12 Comments on “Carr Fire – Update Wednesday Morning

  1. This is mostly encouraging news. While I am saddened by the deaths and destruction, there remains the strength of the human spirit, which will help Redding rebuild and look at ways to guard, more effectively, against fire.

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    • Yes, you are right. And seeing all the people come together, and really care for each other is heart warming. Two strangers that I met this morning while running errands, asked me how I was, and if my home was safe. That is heart warming. Thank you for your encouraging, kind comments!

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  2. The containment number has climbed, great news. Those are some wicked looking carrots! I do believe the horse was greeting you. 👍🏻😎🐎

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    • Yes! And the containment towards the city, where most people live, are strong.

      I am looking forward to seeing how these carrots will do here. It’s too hot most of the year to grow carrots. I’ve heard that these unusual variety are tolerant to both heat, and cold weather. And they are supposed to be very tasty. Looking forward to finding out for myself! It would be great to be able to grow carrots. Tasty, good for you, long shelf life…

      Have a wonderful day John!


  3. Happy to read your check-in, this morning and to know that you’re still doing well and are able to spend more time with the horses and the garden. I hope that you continue to minimize exposure to the smoke in the air. Nasty stuff, as I know. Best wishes for your day!

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    • Thank you Lizl! I am doing my best to minimize exposure to the smoke, while still living. It’s a fine balance. I’ve been out working in the smoke for a few hours now, and need a break from it. My body is pretty good at telling me, I’m learning to listen a little better every year. You have a wonderful day today my friend 🙂

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  4. Glad things are better for you. Not perfect but better!

    Glad the horse gave you a Welcome Back Hug! And love those figs!!

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  5. I imagine this is such an enormous trial to live through. I love how the animals are so centered, helping their humans through their steadfastness. Glad to know you are okay and taking good care of yourself.
    The garden is a good distraction, too. Fall carrots are sweet and crispy – hope they grow well for you. They can be dug even under snow!

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    • Thank you my friend !! Let’s hope for some snow 🙂 We don’t usually get snow. I do remember digging them up during the winter when I was growing up though. I have not been successful with carrots in this area, I’m hoping this variety will be different. Thank you so much for your kind support my friend.

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