Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Everything Will Be Ok in the End. If It's Not Ok, It's Not the End.

I just read that quote on a facebook friend's photo and I'm trying to take that saying to heart. The firefighters have created a couple of "contingency line construction in advance of the communities in the Highway 108 corridor." Our hideway is in that corridor. Basically that means more lines of defense.

The Rim Fire grew overnight another 20,000 acres, but it's a little more contained. It's an odd notion for me, as a layperson, to have it still growing that much, yet be more contained.. Oh, now I get it. I just didn't think it through before I wrote that. What really matters is that our community continues to be protected as much as it possibly can be.

Here's a cool animated gif I found at Mother Jones.
It shows how quickly the fire grew and how it's still growing, but nothing like it had been.

They've extended the Evacuation Advisory to Pinecrest Lake.
We were there a month ago with The Crew.
I'm in the Zodiac with the rest of the adults towing the canoe with Jimmy and the younger kids, towing the oldest nephew on his surfboard. It's a no-tow lake. We like to see what we can get away with. heehee, just kidding. What they actually mean by 'no-tow' is no recreational tubing. We're just towing from the dock to our little cove on the other side of the lake. We've done this for 6 years and no one has stopped us. We're going very slow.

Jimmy and I did this ride on our ATV last year. 80% of where we were is now ash. Everything from the 1 minute mark, along with the hills in the background, are gone.

These cows were probably displaced. They're less than 1/2 a mile from the fire in this video. Those hills in the background are all gone.

Thankfully, the community has made a big effort to find places for cattle to be kept till the fire is over. There are various ranches that have opened their land for people to take their horses, cows, goats, etc. And the Red Cross shelter allowed you to bring your house pets.

Inciweb and My Motherlode have been good sources for fire updates.


Shammickite said...

Oh this is awful, so much beautiful wildness destroyed by fire. If your cabin is affected how will you know? Is there someone in the neighbourhood who you can contact? The size of the fire is amazing, and BTW that's a really neat map showing how the fire has grown.
I love the quote.... absolutely right. I'll keep monitoring your blog for news (Happy news I hope!)

Ginnie said...

I've been watching this everty day on CNN Int'l, Mad, and my heart is just breaking for all involved. The main thing is to stay safe....and keep keeping us informed! Thank you!

Photo Cache said...

praying for the best.

Shammickite said...

Any news?