We never got up to 122 degrees as predicted – Yesterday hit 113 – today I think we\’re looking at 113 as well and extremely dry – 9% humidity.
The latest fire which looks like it will be a big one – was reported on Friday. They are calling it the Lava Fire. When I heard that, I thought it was actually caused by the hot lava on Mt Shasta. I\’m like,
\”Great, now the great Lady decided to BLOW\”
This was a dry lightning-induced fire.
Friday when first spotted.
Saturday, it\’s really blown up
Today it is producing those pyrocumulus clouds that have their own weather pattern and are quite dangerous.
I hate drones! Stupid people are flying their drones in and around the fire area, hampering the efforts of the firefighting. Air tankers and other support have to stop due to the drones in the area.
The Lava Fire is close to one of my favorite small towns – Weed.
Weed is an old lumber town – nestled at the base of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Mountains. The town was named after Abner Weed who was born in Dixmont, Maine in 1842.
The small town is a historic lumber town that has retained much of its early 1900\’s charm while transitioning into a tourist destination, thanks to the hippies of the 1960s and of course, weed! Many tourists actually believe it was named after the popular cannabis plant – but I\’m here to tell you it wasn\’t!
They also have a Lumber museum.
Upper Sacramento River
The area is breathtakingly beautiful with abundant lakes and rivers, beautiful forests, wildlife, scenic drives, local art, festivals, live music, and a friendly community. (Thanks to cannabis!)
I love these small northern California towns. My dad loved to take us camping and fishing in and around these areas. They say California has 33 million acres of forest land – The feds own 19 million. (57%) Only 3% is owned by the state and local agencies, water districts, and land trustees. 40% is owned by Native American tribes. Industrial timber companies, own 5 million acres. 9 million acres are owned by individuals with less than 50 acres per person.
We still have a lot of forests left, even though during fire season, it seems like the whole state is burning. One day, it might all be gone.
That\’s why living here snuggled between 3 major forests brings me much happiness. In the 13 years here, I\’ve seen many of my favorite places get snuffed out. As nature restores itself, there is still a beauty that is unfolding. I love nature and I love being away from the urban areas of California. Been there, done that and I\’m not going back. Too expensive, people want to argue all the time – pretentious and elitist.
No Thank You.