Carr Fire Thursday Morning

The fire is slightly bigger than yesterday, but has a higher percentage of overall containment. More evacuations orders have been lifted. These are the numbers from last night. 

Size: 121,049 acres 

Containment: 35% 

Expected Full Containment: Unknown 

Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 2 


Structures Threatened: 1,658 

Residential Structures Destroyed: 1,058 

Commercial Structures Destroyed: 13 

Other Destroyed: 475 

Residential Structures Damaged: 185 

Commercial Structures Damaged: 7 

Other Damaged: 63 

Situation Summary:  Unstable conditions, shifting winds, steep terrain, and dry fuels continue to challenge firefighters. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Thursday evening through Saturday. Winds increase this evening from the north- northwest with gusts up to 35 mph along the ridges which will lead to critical fire weather conditions. Crews will work to mitigate potential spotting across control lines. 



When people ask me what I do, I usually reply something like; I’m a teacher, gardener, explorer, photographer, blogger, and crazy horse girl. It’s not an easy question to answer when you do so many different things. Yesterday I felt very much like the crazy horse girl. LOL. Fancy likes to be groomed every day, and of course I’m happy to comply with that. She is always so grateful. Ghost enjoyed being groomed to, but Fancy really, really enjoyed it. She misses my daughter a lot. She keeps looking for her. Naturally I miss my daughter like crazy as well. Fancy and I share this feeling in a silent understanding. She is a very wise horse. Ghost is intelligent. Fancy being older, is wise.

I also started a couple different tomato varieties from seed yesterday. They take 60-75 days to mature, and that is about what I have before fall comes. It’s always a little risky to start seeds this time, but I’ll take my chances. We still have three digit temperatures outside. I will keep the seed, and later seedlings inside, until we get around 80 degrees, and they are ready to go in the ground. I believe I timed it pretty good. It feels weird to start new tomatoes when I have more than I can eat right now. The new plants should lapse into the old ones, when it comes to harvest. I’m trying to have fresh tomatoes of different varieties throughout the warm season.

It’s 5.30am now, time to feed horses, and go to work. At around 7am there will be an update about the night’s fire activities. With the current unstable conditions it could of gone in any direction over night. I have not heard a lot of activity in the air during the night, which I have the other nights. That could be due to high winds, and unstable conditions. I know this because I did not get much sleep last night. I went to bed early feeling very tired, but kept waking up every hour.

This was just to let my friends and family know that I’m still here. In good spirit. Ready to go if need be.


Ms Zen

18 Comments on “Carr Fire Thursday Morning

  1. I absolutely love grooming my horses, something about it adds to that special connection with them and isn’t it wonderful how you can see the horses enjoyment. ❤️ I’ll keep praying for fire containment and am glad you can stay busy with everything you do! Stay safe out there!! 💕. -Diana

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    • We’re having slightly cooler morning temps as well. That might have something to do with the smoke. Intense smoke usually keep the temps down a little bit. Can’t wait to breathe some fresh air!! Very grateful that we are safe. thank you for your kind comment. Happy Almost Weekend! 🙂

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  2. Yes, you are country strong.. I hope and pray that everyone will soon be able to catch a breath of fresh air and relax a bit.. May all be safe and sound..

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  3. I can’t wait to have fire season over, this has been the worst in a very long time. I have been in Northern California since 1980, I just can’t remember it being as bad as this. Glad to hear that you are doing alright. Grooming is so “Zen” I wished that I had a horse to groom. Keep strong, my friend! ❤️

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    • It is a terrible fire season. I don’t have that many years to compare with, but I have never been this scared as I’ve been this season. Watching the fires near you as well. I hope we all get tons of rain tonight!!!

      Grooming is very zen. Would the rescues in your area welcome visitors that groom their horses? I used to do that at a rescue here for a while.

      Thank you for your kind comment, you stay safe my friend ❤


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