Surrounded by fires, once again. Fortunately they are not even close to threatening us. We do hear the Cal Fire planes and helicopters going back and forth with water and retardant all day and to about 8pm in the evening.
The Platina Fire – in Shasta County is at 65% contained. 29.3 miles.
The 9,420-acre Hog Fire in southern Lassen County is burning about five miles west of Susanville. 131 miles from us. 9% containment.
The Gold Fire in northern Lassen County grew to 14,000 acres on Wednesday from Tuesday\’s 8,500 acres south of the tiny Modoc County community of Adin and it was only 5% contained.
The 557-acre Badger Fire in Siskiyou County is burning about five miles northwest of Yreka.
Still not like it has been the last couple of years – at least not yet.
Tomorrow is the anniversary of The Carr Fire.
It was was reported on the afternoon of July 23, 2018.
The Carr Fire started at an intersection of Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road, in the Whiskeytown district of the Whiskeytown–Shasta–Trinity National Recreation Area. Coincidental to the name of the incident, the fire was started when a flat tire on a vehicle caused the wheel\’s rim to scrape against the asphalt, creating sparks that set off the fire. When all was said and done, the fire burned 229,651 acres (92,936 – 359 sq mi), before it was 100% contained late on August 30, 2018.
The Carr Fire destroyed at least 1,604 structures (at least 1,077 were homes) while damaging 277 others, becoming the seventh-most destructive fire in California history. As well as the seventh-largest wildfire recorded in modern California history.
|Looking West – Sacramento River and Sundial Bridge in the background.|
On July 26, the fire jumped the Sacramento River, making its way into the city of Redding, causing the evacuation of 38,000 people. I was never so scared in my life – we were fortunate, that we did not have to evacuate, but Char did and my husband went to get her and flames were seen several blocks from her apartment. Bumper to bumper traffic getting out. Wind caused the fire to spread quickly. Hot conditions and steep, inaccessible terrain presented challenges for fire crews.
I haven\’t been the same since. We were safe in our subdivision which is on the eastern edge of town – after which a mile or so away is thick with trees and shrubs. There hasn\’t been a fire in my area for 25-30 years. We\’re overdue. We usually keep a survival pack, but admittedly, I haven\’t gotten one ready this year due to being sidetracked with everything else going on. Tomorrow\’s anniversary would be a good opportunity to start getting our pack ready just in case.
Our homeowners insurance was cancelled – as were many others. Guilt by association. Just because we are in a fire-prone area. We did obtain homeowners through USAA.
We contemplated moving – but love the area. We just have to be ready when it does happen and hope for the best.