State Of Emergency – Carr Fire – Update Sunday Morning

The perimeter of the fire is more than 100 miles, or for comparison bigger than the city of Philadelphia. The smoke is worse than yesterday, and increasing. I can feel it. The Carr Fire is out of control, and actively burning at only 5% containment, on 89,194 acres. They say that the next 24 hours are critical, and that we might get winds up to 30mph. It’s hot, dry, and horrible. (Not in my house, I have great air-condition.) For a while I could take my mask of in the house, now it’s back on again. I’ve covered the doors with wet towels. Large sections of Redding, Happy Valley, Igo, Ono and Lewiston still remains under evacuation orders. We still have electricity where I live. It’s down in some places. People that are under mandatory evacuation are encouraged to turn their gas off, and either bring their firearms, or put them in gun safes (they are usually fire proof. I believe most people here have firearms. At least it is very common.)

I’ve been following my favorite, yearly endurance race, The Tevis Cup via the web. It’s been a great distraction. Wonderful race. It start’s in Truckee (Lake Tahoe area,) and goes 100 miles over some of the most rugged terrain in the world, crossing the Sierra Nevada mountain chain, towards the finish line in Auburn (CA.) I had two friends riding this year. Both of them finished within the allotted 24 hour time frame. I’m so proud of them! It’s on my bucket list to ride this competition one day. The horses in yesterday’s race all looked AWESOME!!! 

Talking about horses, mine are still doing great, despite the fire. My dog on the other hand is not herself. She is like a bandaid on me, and keeps a very, very close eye on me. She have barely eaten the past two days. Poor thing. She’s right next to me right now. She is super healthy, and strong, so I’m not overly worried for her. She is eating a little, and drinking as well.

I told work that I can’t  work right now. My lungs are definitely telling me to take things easy. I am pretty good at listening to my body. My body takes such great care of me, allowing me to do so much fun things, so I figure that’s the least I can do. To be able to help others I need to be strong. Working on that. 

I spent about 10-15 minute in the garden, around sunrise this morning, and did the minimum chores I needed to do. The birds have taken advantage of my abscence. I usually spend at least 3-4 hours in the garden every day, and about another 3-4 hours with my horses (within sight of the garden.) Now there’s been no-one in sight, so they’ve devoured the rest of the corn, that I had yet to harvest. Luckily that was the only thing they destroyed. I can live with that.

In my garden this morning. 

I did get about 4 hours of sleep last night, a lot more than the past nights. It felt very good. Even though I’m definitely not myself at the moment. I will need the energy today. Checking the current fire conditions, and worrying about the smoke constantly is tiresome. 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. Ready to go if need be. Praying for the victims of this fire. Grateful to be relatively comfortable, and safe. The community spirit is strong. I just saw that Turtle Bay Museum, in Redding, are waving their entrance fees today, and encouraging people to go there, and come together in a beautiful setting. It’s only the museum that is open, the park is closed due to smoke, and unhealthy air quality. Several restaurants, and business have provided free meals to victims, and deserves lots of cred for all their good deeds. Thank you firefighters, and first responders for everything you do!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We are forever grateful. This fire is definitely going to the history books, as a game changer for his town. Praying that something really good will evolve out of this tragedy.


Ms Zen


The fire is now 80,906 acres and 5% contained. I live about ten minutes from the back side of the fire, the fire is moving in the opposite direction. The smoke is terrible. I try to avoid going outside, if it’s not necessary. Yesterday I dragged several bales of hay out for my two horses, and arranged for their water through to fill up by itself. The evacuation center for big animals are closer to the fire than I am. There’s no real threat that the fire will come here, at least not now. I go out to check on the horses a few times a day, but avoid staying out. I feel dizzy when I go outside, even with a mask. The horses seem unaffected, strangely enough.

The other side of town is evacuated, and partly burned down. The fire is raging. Right now it’s threatening small communities on the other side of I-5. There’s talk of an important bridge that threaten to collapse. For three days there’s been heavy air traffic fighting the fire, and there’s more on the way. They say on the news that they have never seen anything like this. People I know have lost their homes. People are scared. No-one is sleeping. It’s crazy. I’ve been using a face mask at home, in my house, since yesterday afternoon. It’s weird, but helps. I have sensitive airways. The past six days of may life, starting with the yellow jackets last Sunday, and the allergic reaction, and now the fire, have been like something from a horror movie. It’s hard to understand what’s happening. I don’t like this feeling of helplessness. I am a giver, I like to be strong, and be there for other people. I usually wake up happy, strong, and excited about the new day. I don’t feel strong right now. Just trying to stay positive, and sharp, conserving my strength. My bags are packed. I’m worried, but relatively safe. I think.


Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share; State Of Emergency

Friday 5am

While handing you your cup of the black magical brew, I need to start by telling you that I am safe. You are lucky it is a virtual cup of coffee we are sharing. My county is in a State Of Emergency, caused by a fire that went out of hand yesterday. Last night close to 30 000 acres were burning. The fire started near Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, that I hike, and swim in often. It’s a 20-25 min drive from my house. There’s no new updates about acreage on fire, but there’s new mandatory evacuation orders every few hours. We have an excessive heat warning today, as we usually have this time of the year, with temperatures over 110F to be expected. Yesterday I had to go into town to get some supplies. I live on the (currently) safe side of town. I took the safe roads into town, and this was before part of town was closed to the public. The temperatures then showed 114 yesterday afternoon, with ash raining from the sky, you could not see the sky for all the smoke. I visited two stores in town, and people were scared. Talking to strangers about their fears. The cashier in one of the stores I frequent often started to cry, and said that she was worried sick for her son, that was with her mother while she was working. Her part of the town was safe then, but is now evacuated. It is highly unlikely that the fire will threaten us. It would have to burn many billions $$$$ in structures, and the whole town before reaching us. It’s moving fast, but in the other direction. I feel relatively safe. My daughter is still out of state with her dad, and for the first time ever I feel relieved that she is. I follow the fire closely on social media. It seems like the fastest way to get information. When CHP (California Highway Patrol,) posted that the fire was out of control last night, I packed a bag. To be on the safe side. Like I said, I feel rather safe for now. I pray for the families directly affected by the fire. 

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Ash on the plants in the garden this morning.

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It’s been burning for a few days, and the smoke have been bad. I’ve spent more time inside than usual. Only doing minimal work outside. I need to go to work here shortly, it’s also on the safe side of town, only five minutes from my house. The lady whose horses I take care of in the morning, have been on vacation, but came back yesterday. That’s a relief, in case the ranch would need to be evacuated (not likely at all that would happen, but still.) She has several horses. My animals doesn’t seem bothered by the ongoing craziness at the moment. I’d say that my dog is a little more aware than usual. She is intelligent (German Shepherd,) she knows something is going on. The horses are happily munching their hay in their little oasis. I’m going to get ready for work. I’m bringing my camera, to see if I can get some pictures, at least showing you the smoke. Yesterday’s sunrise was magical. It often is when the sky is filled with smoke. (I wish I’d rather didn’t know that, but living in northern California, that’s unfortunately something you know.) I did not have my camera with me.

Friday 10.30

Back from work, and finished my own chores at home. I did not see any fire in the sky while driving to/from work this morning (sorry – not sorry – for not delivering amazing photos of that.) I am thankful that the fire is moving in the opposite direction. There was ashes raining from the sky, on the ground, on the horses, and on the plants in my garden this morning. The fire was last updated three hours ago, and then it was at  44,450 acres and 3% contained. They have evacuated a big portion of West Redding, and Shasta Lake City. There’s horrible photos from our town circulating on Facebook, of houses burning. We are still in a safe area. I only did the least amount of work that I needed to do outside today, but I feel that my airways are affected by the smoke. My dog Gretchen usually keep predators away from our property (among others there’s mountain lions here,) she has access to part of the house, but now I’ve decided to keep her inside with me. I don’t want her to breath all that smoke. I gave her a bath, and she’s very content hanging out with me in the house. We’re usually hanging out together outside most of the day. I don’t think she minds at all being inside the air-conditioned house. LOL. I’m keeping a close eyes on the fire updates. It’s a weird day. There’s three fatalities known so far. 

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Today’s Harvest

The garden have been generous with its bounty this week, despite the unusual little time I’ve spent there. All the mulching I’ve done earlier really pays off now. It doesn’t dry out super fast, there’s a deep moist layer of mulch protecting the plants. I’m thinking of doing some preserves, and canning today. If I can calm my mind enough to do something. I have lots of cucumber in my fridge from the past few days. I was thinking of making some pickles the way my grandma used to do it. Maybe I should pickle some of the yellow squash as well? I have never done that, but I believe it would be rather yummy. I think I’m going to try. I have lots of them in my fridge as well. 

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I have been enjoying our new salt water pool this week. It has too much ash in it now, and need to be cleaned. Besides that, it has been wonderful to have it during these hot days. I’m so grateful.

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Gretchen and I, are going to enjoy a (hopefully) calm day at home (I’m praying for that.) I can think of a few things to entertain ourselves with, including several unread books in my bookshelf. ❤ 

I certainly hope your week haven’t put you in a state of emergency! Feel free to grab another cup of coffee, while you’re telling me about your fabulous week. If you like to read more about the horrible fire, here is the most recent article from CBS Sacramento, they also have a video on their homepage.


Ms Zen


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