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

Carr Fire – Update Wednesday Morning

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 

Containment: 30% 

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.


Ms Zen

Carr Fire – Update Tuesday

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 

Containment: 23% 

Expected Full Containment: Unknown 

Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 2 


Structures Threatened: 


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.


Ms Zen