Friday August 28, 2020 Guerneville CA.
Forest fire mop up
It was real smoky when I went outside this morning. I could hear something big roaring up Sweetwater Springs Road so I went out to see what it was. They call these things macerators. They cut brush and trees. They grind them up.
They are moving the mop up stuff in and maybe some rehab stuff to start cleaning up the mess. The fire is basically out in our area but there are still a lot of spot fires they have to put out and cleanup which they call mop up.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do today as everything about the fire was changing, from fire fighting to mop up. The fire fighters that were here left and new fire guys were coming in to mop up.
It was pretty cold this morning and I had to wear an extra shirt, especially when I hopped on the dirt bike.
Short dirt bike ride
I decided to go up through my neighbors place to get up into the hills today. I had a hard time on the road as it was soft dirt and dusty. I worked at it and got up the hill and soon caught up to why the road was so soft and chewed up. I’d been following 3 fire trucks and this fuel truck or it might be a water tender which supplies water to the fire trucks when they need it. It’s real smoky this morning. I continued following these guys holding back a bit to avoid at least some of the dust.
I made it to what we call the turn around where some mop up crew where parked and sorta watching this little spot fire that sprung up. These are the kinds of things the mop up crew deals with putting them out
Chatting with Robert’s gang and a big hug
From there I rode on over to the Robert’s place where I got a big hug from his wife that had returned home. I chatted with them for a bit and then rode out to say high to Robert that was on his tractor fixing some roads up. After shooting the bull with him I rode down the road towards the park and headed for the bridge that had a log fall across it to check things out.
State park area
This area is above the park floor and looks to me like it got hit the hardest or at least one of the hardest places that got burned as several big trees came down knocking down other trees. This is just before I got to the bridge.
Park picnic area
At the parking lot in the park front I waved to the park captain as I went by and he waved back.
Back to the house
I was pretty tired out from all the exercise I’ve been getting. Nine days or so of riding that dirt bike around the hills gave me plenty of exercise. It’s actually made me a lot stronger and I feel great except for being tired out.
One more short dirt bike ride
Late in the day I heard something going up into the hills so I decided to take a dirt bike ride, just up and back keeping it short.
I followed behind him for a ways until he saw me in his mirror. He stopped and let me ride on by.
The Sebastopol crew
I started chatting with one of them and he asked where I lived and wasn’t sure about me. But then he said his name was Castleberry.
4×4 fire truck
He took off somewhere.
I rode down the road a bit and heard something coming so I pulled over. The dirt bike is good as I can get out of the way of the fire guys and not block the road. He was headed down the hill to refill with water.
I rode on down through our place checking out some of the fire break area that will need some clean up work before winter.
Then headed over to our water tanks to check the water level. They were full to the top which is good.
I spent the rest of the day chair hopping around the yard doing not much and that was it for me today.
Nice day as the fire is out except for mop up.