The last two days have been an exercise in faith and anxiety. My husband and I reside in Northern California – Shasta County…where 154 fires are currently raging due to lightening strikes this past Saturday. We have been on high alert to evacuate our home in the mountains just east of Redding, California in Shingletown due to a 475 acre fire burning about 3/4 of a mile from our home. The smoke filled air is claustrophobic and except for the drone of the planes and beat of the helicopters, there is no sound. No birds. No wind whispering in the pines. In the last 24 hours we have had two “threats” where we thought we would be evacuated immediately. Our cars are packed; our trailer is hooked to the jeep and ready for some antiques if the need arises. I’ve selected a dozen books to take with me – and photos and important documents and the hard drive of my computer, and some needlework I have crafted. For 24 hours we had no power. Luckily that was restored about 12:30 AM last night. I alternate between extreme anxiety to feeling optimistic and faithful to the skill of the firefighters.
Updates on the fires are not good here. We are relying mostly on our scanner for the most recent information. To get a sense of what is happening, you can read our local news here. We are most concerned about the Shingletown Ridge Fire, but the Bear Creek Fire (now called the Kirkman Fire) is also a concern as it is a mere 20 miles directly west of us and is at 2400 acres and no containment.
I will be hopefully able to update my blog today and catch up on emails and my Google Reader…but, my concentration is not so great right now and so if I am quiet for a time, you will know why.
Prayers for all residents of Northern California, especially those being evacuated and living in fear of losing their homes is appreciated. We are hearing that the Governor may be sending us National Guard units to prop up our fire crews…and I hope that happens. Some fires which are currently not threatening homes are being allowed to burn unchecked due to a lack of resources.