Who Says There Are No Dragons – Part IV

August 3: Day 6

This is the image you want to see in the sky these days.

Image of helicopter bringing water

Helicopter bringing water.

The fire has grown to 66,000 acres and is 12% contained which means it is still out of control.

Each day begins clear again but as soon as the wind picks up the dragon is on the run.
The southern end of the fire just keeps re-igniting. The tail of this dragon just will not lay down.
Today is scary. At 3:55p.m. the wind is all over the place today.
The dragon continues to lumber north chewing through the dry chaparral and dry timber. By the afternoon it has jumped Hwy 20.

August 4, Day 7

The Rocky fire is 67,000 acres and  20% contained. The fire is as large as the city of San Francisco.

Today started like any other day The satellite fire map indicted we were down to only one hot spot. Yeah!

Satellite Fire map on08/04/15 at 9:46p.m.

Satellite Fire map on o8/04/15 at 9:46p.m.

But then I got a call from a neighbor who said we were on Mandatory evacuation. And I just brought the goats back home last night!

I have no images. There was no one to take pictures of me running around with a chain saw cutting down the vegetation close to the house and around the upper trailer. By the end of the day I was too exhausted to shower. I fed the animals and fell on the bed asleep.

If this place goes at least I gave it my best shot.

August 5th: Day 8

Still cutting brush on PsiKeep. My summer was measured by this length of brush cut and stacked for the county chipping crew to chip it up for me. Right now is seems like a big liability with all this dry brush stacked along the upper drive.

 

Image of brush cut and stacked

Brush cut and stacked.

But at the end of the day the county chipping crew arrived.

Image of county chipping crew

County chipping crew.

A big weight off my shoulders. It felt like such a relief to be watching someone else handling all the brush. I stood in the living room with a cold glass of hard cider as I watched all my summer efforts turn to saw dust.

View of chipping crew through living room window

View of chipping crew through living room window

After the crew has left I looked out over the area below the upper trailer and see nothing but saw dust on the ground where that 100 foot pile of tinder had been stacked.

 Image of cleared driveway and dog

Cleared driveway and dog.

Tonight I slept well but the fire is still burning and 43 residents from this fire have burned to the ground.

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Posted on August 6, 2015, in Caretaking the Forest, Psi Keep Center for the Arts, Uncategorized, Unforeseen Events, Wildfires and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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