So sad to wake up this morning to learn of another death. The 7% containment is better than ZERO so some progress is being made. It is still a threat to those closest to the fire lines. My heart goes out to them, and their animals. We\’re stuck with some pretty bad air – late afternoon yesterday it was so bad, my eyes watered and I couldn\’t get a decent breath. So, I\’m inside again.
Around here, with so much of our landscape changing, its good to take photos. The above photo was taken in 2009 – a year after we moved up here. Still exploring the area, we found this \”dive\” one rainy day, 14 miles from Redding. Surprisingly good and very friendly locals. We ate breakfast beside a HUGH fireplace, listening to the tales of this area from oldtimers. Now, this teeny-tiny village is no more. Everything is gone. The Ono Grange Hall – built in the 1860s for miners and farmers to meet – gone. This area on the western side of Shasta county is rural – with farms and cattle ranches. It breaks my heart.
Here are the very early stages of the Zogg Fire taken by a local. You can hear that fierce wind, whipping up a fury amidst the fire. Ono had no chance. Only a volunteer fire department!
I am really learning in my old age, that we can\’t take these rural areas for granted; thinking that the beautiful ranching land will always be there, for our grandchildren to get a glimpse of the old west. It won\’t ever be the same.