The Fire Events in California

Besides being big news--the fires in California touched me in several ways.

Here in Springville we had our own fire.

At the time we had no idea that so many other fires would follow. The smoke got so bad that hubby and I sent to Porterville to stay with friends for three days. The kids remained at our house determined to battle the fire if necessary, mainly because we had so many animals that would be impossible to move.

It was scary, but we were so fortunate compared to those living in the way of the fires to come.

Though the fire came close what saved us was the fact that we didn't have the horrible winds that fanned the flames in other areas wiping out whole neighborhoods.

Ventura is a place close to my heart. We go there at least once a year, and the fire burned down so many homes. The fire began in Santa Paula and burned down a KOA we'd visited last summer.
It surrounded the town of Ojai where an old friend of mine lives, and burned into the Los Padres National Forest when I camped and backpacked with my Camp Fire Girls. My daughter is the secretary of a church in Ventura and some of the evacuees sheltered in the church. And yes, she went to work everyday.

The fire continued up the coast and surrounded Santa Barbara, relatives of my daughter had to evacuate. 

Another fire in a more southern region closed the schools two of my great-grandchildren attend. And flames could be seen from my daughter's home.

The fires are mostly out now, but it is a huge reminder that the threat is always there.

And, yes, this is one of the big memories from 2017.



Thonie Hevron said…
The fires in California have been devastating this year, both in Southern and Northern California. I was impacted similarly by the Wine Country fires. The smoke was unbelievable. All around us, fires raged. For the first few days, we watched and worried the fire would come from the south, but that was soon contained. Then, after Coffee Park, Larkfield, and Fountaingrove were so horribly burned, we were concerned the fire would come over the hill (literally) from Sonoma. The mister was very ill at the time. We weighed moving him but soon figured out it would be more traumatic than sitting inside our home, waiting. After a few days when the magnitude of this disaster was revealed, we finally packed a go bag for each of us and the animals. It stays packed these days. The arrogance (Oh, we can handle anything) of our younger years as first responders has faded and we now see how being aware and prepared is more important than anything. Fires, earthquakes and floods--all natural disasters we are prone to. Now we're prepared, too. We are one less worry for the new first responders.
Yes, over in your area the fires were unbelievable like the ones in the Ventura area.
The smoke probably didn't help your husband's condition. Though we slept away from home, the smoke was still bad down in the town we were in. We kept going back up, hoping we could stay and finally did. I took our important papers and a few other things with us and kept them in the car. The younger ones decided they could handle anything--which of course they couldn't have. Far too scary.

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