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
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.