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Silver Linings

One of the good things that has come out of the pandemic is that it forced government agencies and other entities to put their public meetings online and make use of social media for outreach. It's especially helpful now that we have wildfires threatening our area because the technology has been worked out and there are daily update broadcasts via Facebook and/or YouTube videos.

And I think several of them plan to keep doing it even after the pandemic restrictions are relaxed.

This sums up our recent weather. In one day we went from 90 degree twilit days where the fire smoke was so dense we couldn't see the sun and ash was raining down to several inches of snow. It was a miracle because the fire was out of control and heading our way.

The fire started in a wilderness area, and for a a couple of weeks it was growing maybe 10,000 acres a day, but then it took off and went from 29,000 acres to 102,000 acres within a couple of days.

It went from 'over there on that other river, not worried here' to 'voluntary evacuations' for the area just over the hill from us. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't watched the online update.

The fire itself is 12 miles from me
Am I worried? Not too much. We do what we can - try to pay attention to the advice from the fire departments for prepping the property, packing up important papers. Watching the updates and hoping for the best.

posted on Sept 10, 2020 8:37 AM ()


Hoping the entire west side of the country is rained on, a good long downpour.
comment by nittineedles on Sept 15, 2020 12:58 PM ()
12 miles isn't so much, I've been looking at maps of posted wildfires and they really tell nothing. Keep your "hurrying" shoes on, I worry.
comment by drmaus on Sept 11, 2020 8:44 AM ()
We are still in the miracle zone where the snow is keeping the fire still. So far, the wind hasn't come up a lot. I finally arrived at the idea of dumping stuff out of plastic tubs and filling them with somewhat random other stuff to be evacuated because there is so much I couldn't save, so I'll just do a few token items. If it ever comes down to that's all I have left, I'm sure I'll either laugh or cry at my silly choices.
reply by traveltales on Sept 12, 2020 8:04 PM ()
It is even worse than hurricanes and our tornadoes. I was watching the total devastation last night and I think a child looking for a toy in the ashes of his home was the picture that burned itself into my mind. So
sorry about these awful fires.
comment by elderjane on Sept 11, 2020 4:04 AM ()
This is so concerning, Laura, as I view the fire updates from afar. Please stay safe!
comment by marta on Sept 10, 2020 4:32 PM ()
Thanks - I'm glad that I'm not feeling stressed and frantic about it. It could be that I will come to regret this time of peace and marvel at how I could have been doing such and so to get readier.
reply by traveltales on Sept 10, 2020 5:06 PM ()
Prayers for you and yours and all those affected. Please be safe and take care.
comment by jerms on Sept 10, 2020 3:04 PM ()
This cold weather and snow was the answer to prayers, so thank you so much for your help - it made a huge difference. We may have a bad time in the days to come, but this respite is a treat, and I am keeping a good thought that the fire will turn, but meanwhile getting some things ready to go if we get the call.
reply by traveltales on Sept 10, 2020 5:03 PM ()

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