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.
I wanted to start with telling you that we got our water back quickly yesterday. It was a computer error, on our pump system. The pump guys fixed it within minutes after arrival. They said that our well is very deep, and that we have so much water that the well could not run dry. That is a relief. I would never waste water in a drought, of course, but still.
CalFire (in charge for the firefighting efforts in our state,) said yesterday that they will report the containment progress of the Carr Fire twice a day, 7am, and 7pm. Since it’s only 5.30am now, I’ll share their 7pm report from last night.
Size: 103,772 acres
Expected Full Containment: Unknown
Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 2
Residential Structures Destroyed: 818
Commercial Structures Destroyed: 3
Other Destroyed: 311
Residential Structures Damaged: 167
Commercial Structures Damaged: 5
Other Damaged: 37
|Situation Summary:||Northern portions of the fire remained active throughout the day. Firefighters continued to construct containment lines and contingency lines. Winds will increase late tonight and into tomorrow morning. Hot and dry weather, previously unburned fuels, and steep terrain will contribute to fire growth. Crews will work to mitigate spot fire potential across control lines. Evacuation orders have been lifted for Douglas City, and portions of Happy Valley, Shasta Lake City, and Redding.|
The containment line towards our side of town are strong, and growing. The fuel have burned out on this side, and the fire is moving away. People are exhausted, and in shock. Some people who was allowed to return home yesterday did not have a home to return to. It feel almost wrong to be as lucky as we’ve been so far. On of the first night’s of the fire we housed an evacuee in our house. He told me that it was OK to feel happy and grateful to be spared from the worst terror. I’m not really sure why he told me that, but I’ve been thinking about it afterwards. I am grateful, very grateful, but devastated for for those who lost their loved ones, and everyone that lost their home. There is still a lot of people missing, separated from their loved ones. In the midst of this there is an incredible community spirit, and goodness in people showing. People are on their own initiative collecting food, clothes, and hygiene articles among friends, that they themselves distribute to evacuated people that you can see everywhere around town. That is heart warming to see!
My daughter is still out of state with her dad. I got to talk to her for an hour yesterday, and that was the highlight of my day. My other girl, my dog, is feeling a little bit more like herself. I drove to Red Bluff, a nearby town to get some supplies yesterday, and got her a big bone. That lifted her spirits. I’m going back to work today. I better get ready. Just a short update to let you know what’s going on, and for my friends to know that I’m still here. In good spirit. Ready to go if need be.
Fire Update 7.20am
Size: 98,724 acres
Not quiet finding the zen this morning. We’re still kind of hanging in the air here. The fire calmed down some over night, and now some local residents post on Facebook that it’s picking up again. No new official reports for the day yet (6am.) As of last night the Carr Fire was 95,368 acres and 17% contained.
We are not in the line of fire. The smoke comes and goes. Right now it’s not bad (considering that we’re right next to the fire.) For a couple hours yesterday it was horrible, but then it went down to doable levels again. We woke up without water. We have bottled water for drinking, and the horses are fine for another couple of days. We’re going to look into that. We’re on a well, and not city water. Besides not having running water, we’re decently comfortable. My dog Gretchen, that I wrote about yesterday, did eat a little bit, and are mostly content just resting close to me. She is definitely affected by the situation.
My lungs are still telling me to keep inside as much as possible (I had a couple severe pneumonias as a child/teenager, that unfortunately resulted in sensitive airways.) I stayed inside all day yesterday and felt relatively OK. I read a lot, kept myself updated about the fire, communicated with family/friends, and took care of all the cucumber from my garden that were building up in my fridge. I made three different kind of pickles; Ghost Chili Pickles, Dill Pickles, and Parsley Pickles. It was fun.
I’m hoping to be able to stay here. Just wanted to keep you posted. I do have my bags packed by the door. There’s no telling what will happen. I got a few hours of sleep. Very grateful for that. Thank you firefighter’s and first responders for working around the clock, to save life’s and homes. We are forever grateful!
Before ending this post I need to share two super positive happenings from northern California, in the midst of all the chaos!
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. I hope that your week starts in the best possible way. Praying for safety for all. ❤ If it’s at all possible I will be back with updates.