Just a short three weeks ago, I wrote about our neighborhood fire. There are three severe fires burning in both Northern and Southern California: Camp, Woosley and Hill.
In addition, we’ve had several local vegetation fires along with a few structural fires. I don’t remember a time when there has been so many fires in California.
The state has issued a Red Flag warning by agencies such as Cal Fire informs communities of critical fire weather conditions of the combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures.
Camp Fire – To date, 52,000 people evacuated, 105,000 acres burned, 6,500 homes/267 commercial buildings destroyed, and 23 casualties have happened in Butte County.
It’s difficult to fathom the town of Paradise has burned to the ground; homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, etc. – all gone.
We were supposed to send our son to winter camp up at Maryville; just 49 miles east of this raging fire. We decided to keep him home for safety concerns.
Woosley Fire – To date 250,000 people evacuated, 70,000 acres burned, 150 homes destroyed and 2 people have parished.
Hill Fire – has consumed 6,100 acres.
I learned that that Santa Cruz County air quality should be right around 100 and we were notified that it is at 175. There are agencies such as Air Now that notify citizens of poor air quality that could impact folks at risk for respiratory duress.
We have been staying inside for the most part. My husband and I went to our local laundromat to clean our clothes and were stunned by the red sun surrounded by a thick cloud of smoke. All this from just 200 miles distance. My pictures don’t do it justice.
As I read through social media, I noticed several events were canceled such as local children’s sports, Monterey Bay Half Marathon, etc.
From these types of crises, I’ve have learned a few things.
1. Have an evacuation plan with a “To Go” box containing important items needed placed in a central location.
2. Have dry food, water, blanket and flashlight in your vehicle(s).
3. Debrief with family/friend(s) to work through any concerns/fears.
4. Sign up for Reverse 911 which notifies you of local emergencies.
This list is not inclusive. We welcome suggestions you have to help us prepare for emergency situations.
Below is a short list of agencies that have helped friends of mine through a crisis:
●Churches and non-profit organizations such as VCUM.
Our prayers are with all who are involved in these fires.