We are out of our homes in Southern CA, and camped out in my mom’s spare room in the Valley. The evacuation advisory continues in our new town of Long Barn and the fire crews are staged all around. A lot of activity in that part of the world right now! And we, well, we are staying out of the way.
My friend Kathy Walton, who works for some national news agencies, took some incredible shots of the Rim Fire and she gave me permission to share them.
It’s pretty eerie.
Like with the Station Fire, I am reminded of how beautiful and compelling these fires can be. A primal force of nature.
People say fire is good for the forest, but you know, not like this. This fire is SO hot, so destructive, it’s just obliterated the areas it has passed through. Seeds burst, yes, and things grow from fire, but not when that fire is thousands of degrees too hot for them to survive the burning.
As of tonight, we are still here in limbo, and we don’t know when we’ll be able to go to our new house. And you know, it’s ok. We’re fine. We feel lucky to have a comfortable place to wait it out in, but I’ll admit that it’s also hard to feel displaced. So many folks have been evacuated or are packed to be evacuated – it isn’t just some ancient Sequoias in Yosemite that are at risk here, but 20,000 residents of the 108 corridor in Tuolumne County whose homes are in danger.
The fire is 213,414 acres. That’s 333 square miles of fire, y’all. It is only 35% contained. There’s over 4,000 heroic folks out there on the fire crews fighting this monster. That’s almost the entire population of Sonora, in terms of headcount.
How can you help?
Word is that Tuolumne County Animal Control is in dire need of food for the evacuated animals it is sheltering. If you can donate to them, I’m sure they’d appreciate it. I read that the shelter at the Fairground was in need of some things. The Red Cross is running things and you can find out from them how to help directly if you are so inclined. I believe they are taking cash donations, do not know if they are wanting things to be dropped off at the Fairgrounds anymore. Since this is now an official disaster, the rules for donations have changed somewhat, at least that is what I am reading.
It’s Labor Day weekend and people will be heading out to camp and play… please be mindful of fires and BBQs out there this weekend, y’all. Be safe.
Hopefully the next time I write, it will be from our new home.