When I went to bed last night the Carr Fire was 133,924 acres, and 39% contained. Slightly bigger than the day before, but the containment is also higher. There are still evacuations in order, but many people that were evacuated have been allowed to return to their homes. Especially in the city of Redding. There is a red flag warning because of the high winds, and dry conditions. The danger is by no means over, but the fire is still moving away from the city. Other surrounding communities are at risk.
I’ve been thinking about the impact the Carr Fire have on our local wildlife. Several places that I love to hike at, have been completely burned down. I especially think of one place, where I used to go on a regular basis, to watch Ospreys. There’s several nests within a couple miles radius there, and it’s not unusual to see as many as 20 birds fishing in the Sacramento River. Since they are birds they can fly away from the fire, but I imagine that they would be greatly disturbed? Especially the birds with young ones in the nests. When it’s safe to do so I’m going to drive up there and check. There’s currently spot fires in that area, and I can not do it right now. Hopefully soon.
My animals are doing good. The horses, especially Ghost (the young one,) are more attention seeking than usual. Despite his cautious nature, he is very social. He likes to spend a lot of time together. On his terms of course.. Before the fire I used to bring a book out in the pasture and sit there and read for an hour, or two most days. I don’t do that now, because of the smoke. The dry, dusty conditions we’re having, make them look dirtier than usual, even though I groom them every day. My dog Gretchen is playful, and happy. That makes me very happy, since she showed signs of great stress, when the fire raged closer to us.
The garden is doing wonderful, even though it could use more staking. My longest stakes are 7ft tall, and my tomato plants are currently 10+ft tall..it looks like a jungle. I get at least 5lbs of cherry tomatoes every day, and some cucumber, and yellow squash as well. My bell pepper should be coming along within the next few weeks. I’ve started a couple very interesting tomato varieties from seeds this week, for my fall garden. They will stay in a bright, warm room, next to the garage (used to be an art studio,) until the seedlings are ready to go in the ground. With some luck I timed it right, and they will be able to grow to full maturity, and be harvested before the cold weather sets in. I believe that I timed it right this year. I’m often a couple weeks too late, so I started three weeks earlier than I usually do, to give them enough time. Now it’s up to mother nature.
I propagated Valencia Oranges, and Cara Cara Oranges yesterday. The container garden gives me so much joy. I’m going to add a new variety of figs, from a nearby farm, next week. I need to go there and dig up the young trees myself, so I’ve been holding off a little, due to the air quality. The lady said that she had peach seedlings that I could have as well. Looking forward to go there.
I’ve been contemplating what kind of green house I should put up for my container fruit trees, when it starts to get colder. Yesterday I decided that I’m going with a simple greenhouse kit, that I successfully used before. It is economic, and rather easy to assemble. I can do it myself. It’s not a permanent structure, so I don’t need a permit. It’s also easy to disassemble, if/when I want to move it. The frame is sturdy, and the covering is OK. You can purchase replacing covering if need be. I lived in a very windy area when I used it the last time, and the cover lasted two years before ripping. I added some extra stakes on the sides, and it held up good towards the wind.
I found a couple old photos of the greenhouse. It’s this exact model I’m thinking of getting for my container garden this fall. (Forgive the poor quality of the photos.)
A short post to let my friends, and family now that I’m doing good. My bags are still packed, and I am ready to go if the wind changes. However, I feel relatively safe now, since the fire have been steadily moving away from me, for several days. I’m actually going to school for 8 hours today. More about that later. I’m off to feed my animals, and water the garden, before heading to class. Have a wonderful Saturday!