Tuesday August 18, 2020 Guerneville CA.
Paddle and fire day
Seemed like a good day to go for a paddle down at Jenner so off I went about noon.
Lots of fire trucks
A fire truck’s lights showed up in back of me as I entered the town of Jenner so I let it by. Little did I know I’d see a lot more trucks and be in the mist of a forest fire at home before the day was out.
Paddled up the river
I paddled on up the river to my usual spots stopping along the way and enjoying the day as it was a nice one.
Eventually I started back down the river after crossing over to the other side as I wanted to check for birds on the shoreline along the way.
I can see this fire’s smoke
As I paddled down the river after deciding to go to the river’s mouth area. I thought I could see smoke up ahead on the hill just about center. Yup it had some blue in it. Glad it’s over here and not by my house.
Headed to the open mouth
Open mouth area
Lots of brown pelicans up ahead
I made it back to the boat ramp and put my boat on the car and headed home.
Oh, oh, this is not good
As I turned onto the road to my house from the town of Guerneville, this greeted me so I pulled over for a picture. No one said anything about this fire which I later learned started yesterday. My house is up ahead on the right about a mile, so the fire is still fairly far away.
Dirt bike ride to check out the fire
Once I got home I jumped on the dirt bike to ride up into the hills to have a look to see what I could see.
Hard to find a look out spot
I had a hard time finding a place I could see the fire area out of the trees. This was the best I could do, lots of smoke and off to the right out of sight I could see the fire cresting the ridge that is the south side of East Austin Creek. Too close for comfort.
Bull Dozer needs moved
On the way home I went by the bull dozer parked in the trees and thought that’s no place for a dozer if the forest fire comes through here.
So I found my brother Tom and got a ride up the hill with him so I could drive it down the hill to his garden where there weren’t so many trees.
We continued to tidy things up as much as possible in case the fire came through here.
Mandatory evacuation ordered
At around 7:30Pm the county declared a mandatory evacuation order for our area as well as a bunch of other places. Hummmm what to do. If I go I need enough food and water to provide me with no corn type stuff, so I started to prep my van just in case so I’ll be ready to go if things get a lot worse.
Tending the critters
Someone also has to stay as long as possible to take care of the chickens and animals as they need feed and water, but not to worry as I’ll leave if need be.
Noisy sirens, lots of them
Around 8PM sirens started going up and down the roads. They sure have quite a few new types I haven’t heard before. It took awhile to settle down once they went further out the roads.
Quiet before the storm
Right now things are real quiet, even though a few hills over, the forest fire is raging.
I think it will go around us but one doesn’t know for sure. Fires don’t normally burn down into this river valley, at least not historically.
So more drama then one needs right now but I think things will be ok.
I’ll consider all my options tomorrow if all goes well through the night. And I’ll be fine in my van if all else goes bad.
Otherwise, nice day. :O)
4AM fire update
The ridge to the north of us just lit up which put a scare into most. It’s about two miles away. We can hear a lot of big pops as the trees blow up from getting so hot.
Watching it I think they started a back fire on the ridge top as there is a good dirt road that runs along it. They start a fire on the ridge top and let it burn down the side so the forest fire doesn’t have anything to burn when it gets to that spot at the bottom. The wind is down so it’s a perfect time to do it. When the ridge top first lit up you could see some flames but they soon died down as I think the fire started to burn down the backside which we can’t see from this spot.
All is well
So far all is well but we likely won’t get much sleep tonight. If it moves this way we have a good route out away from the fire.
So I’m off to bed to see about some sleep. Maybe.