California is Burning

Man, our state is on fire! I thought I would share the latest report on the fire closest to us…

[BTW-I am reporting from my little office at home, sheltering in place, by order of my doctor. The Pine Tree is our local online newspaper]

The Donnell Fire

LOCATION: Stanislaus National Forest
DATE STARTED: August 1, 2018
ACRES: 27,769

Donnell Fire Update

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/14/2018 12:07 PM
Bear Valley, CA…We normally don’t publish the heat maps of the fires because they can be inaccurate and show heated air aloft etc. We thought this recent one of the Donnell Fire was illustrative though. It shows they are making good progress taking the heat out of the fire for much of the perimeter. On the south side of Spicer Reservoir you can see where the bulk of the fire’s energy is today. Luckily there is plenty of water in the area for helicopter drops and Spicer should offer a barrier to growth to the north. Let’s just hope firefighters can keep it from spotting or making turns around the lake.
Aug 14th Heat Map

As you can see from the graphic above, Hubby and I are not in the path of this fire (we are way south). The danger to us is the smoke – day in and day out, 24/7. Until sometime in September when they estimate they will have 100% containment.

We have had to run our A/C so much that I shudder to see the next bill. I am so happy we decided to have it installed when they built the house!  We did not expect smoke, or the 100+ degree heat in the summers, so we are grateful that we did that, despite the poo-pooing we got from people – people who now wish they had A/C, no doubt!

We have firefighting personnel from surrounding states, and some from other countries, like Canada and, I heard this from someone in town, Australia!

With 3 fires in the Yosemite National Forest, and numerous others popping up, we see fire trucks all the time in town. It does not matter what day or time you grocery shop – you will see many Firemen in there.

I have to confess…

I consider this fact the only perk among all this tragic destruction. Does that make me an optimist? I don’t know. Maybe it’s the uniforms, along with that old saying, which seems to be true:

“No such thing as an ugly Fireman”

♥ TTFN! ♥



One thought on “California is Burning

  1. Our state (WA) is pretty ablaze too. We had some rain over the weekend, which helps, but “not nearly enough” according to the fire chief. I live in a mountain valley, so we get ALL the smoke. Ha! Good luck with your fires! I hope you come out of it all unscathed.


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