Many of you may by now have seen some news footage of the wildfire which is threatening the community where I live (it has now made national news). The fire is called the Ponderosa Fire and broke out on Saturday morning due to a lightening strike in Manton, CA. It quickly grew and has moved uphill into Shingletown (my town) and Viola (a small mountain community). It is threatening 3000 homes and is currently 12,000 acres in size with only 5% containment.
I’ve been in New Hampshire to see my sister (who is back in chemo as her cancer has recurred) and my dad (who is in Hospice and has been declining medically), but my husband is in California. His parents have been evacuated and are staying at our home with him. So far, our neighborhood has not been threatened (the fire is moving North/Northeast and our home is located about 2.5 miles from the fire’s western flank). I have several friends who have been evacuated at this time and are waiting to see what will happen.
As you can imagine, this is an incredibly stressful time…I’ve been talking to my husband several times a day and following the updates on the fire closely. I am due to return to California on Saturday. Any good thoughts, prayers, etc…are appreciated – I worry about the firefighters battling this inferno in high temperatures, and I am saddened by the the likelihood that people will lose their homes.
This morning I am looking at photos of the fire and am having a hard time putting those together with the beautiful town I left just a few days ago.