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Zara
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« on: July 31, 2018, 06:36:42 pm »

As Deg said in the shout box, we're home.  It's covered in soot, ashes, cinders, charred pine needles. etc.  We are extremely fortunate that none of them sparked a fire!  

I can't express how thankful I am that we have a home to return to.  All of my family is safe, as are their homes.  However, many family friends have lost their homes, including our Redding Chief of Police, Roger Moore.  His daughter is best friends with my niece.  They lost everything.  He was overtaken by flames in his vehicle trying to warn residents ahead of the "fire tornado".  He somehow escaped.  Unfortunately, a firefighter doing the same thing in the same neighborhood was killed.  Our house/neighborhood was in the direct path of travel, and if it weren't for the winds changing and the firefighters, we would be sifting through ashes.  

At the rate the tally is going, I won't be surprised if it surpasses 1,000 homes destroyed (not damaged, destroyed).  As I am typing this, the fire is only 27% contained, 110,154 acres, 884 homes destroyed, 348 other structures destroyed .... 6 dead and 19 missing.  

It is beyond heartbreaking to see my hometown and so many places I've hiked, fished, swam, deer hunted, sat around a bonfire and had a cold one.... reduced to total ashes.

This map shows the absolute utter destruction of entire neighborhoods and little outlying towns, as well as the active fire line (click on the satellite image in the upper right corner for an idea of the landscape).  The entire little town of Keswick, gone.  Historic gold rush town, Old Shasta, gone.
http://calfire-forestry.maps.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=5bbcbed430ad45e5a38e6be155ef5fec

And this is what people were running for their lives from, literally:

 https://www.instagram.com/p/Blw33TPDGjy/?taken-by=3v3ry0th3rnam3wa5tak3n

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlyU1ZhhoSY/?taken-by=3v3ry0th3rnam3wa5tak3n

The guy that shot those videos is a helicopter pilot that drops water on fires.  (He has a lot more if  you just click his name) We had three fly over at about 500 feet just before we got the evac notice and let me tell you, that was a "Holy shit! Are we gonna make it out of here ...." moment!
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2018, 10:14:10 pm »

Well, dealing the the situation is bad enough but sometimes dealing with the aftermath is even tougher. The good thing is that you and your kin are around to help each other get through it. God bless you guys and if I can help you with anything, let me know.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2018, 04:37:26 pm »

Thanks, Cru! 

I'm still kind of in shock and disbelief over how bad the fire was, how fast it moved and the complete devastation to a place I love so much.  Going through this last week really put things in a whole new prospective.  So much shit just doesn't matter and I'm so thankful that Deg, my animals and my family are all safe and so are our homes!

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