almost the whole of northern california is on fire. huge wildfires everywhere!!!
last night i sat and watched the hills burning, theres a few smaller fires burning around me right now.
less than a mile from me a whole mountain is smoldering, last night was totally bright glowing with flames.
grateful for the river between me and those hills, and that this morning it rained pretty good.
in almost every direction from where i am at there is a literal ring of fire....inside the metaphorical ring of fire...and its strange that i am at a place where i can sit calmly on a lawnchair drinking tea and watching it burn!
it's intensely smoky, especially today after the rain.
yeah its worse than ever, i think. theres dozens of huge fires all over northern california. people here are somewhat used to being around really large fires, but this year must be one of the worst ever.
i looked at it on a map and its pretty intense how much of the forest is on fire right now. and theres fires in a lot of southern oregon and washington too.
maybe it was the same rain storm, it wasnt in the weather forecast, but it came anyway.
i am sure i wasnt the only one around here praying for rain, so its great that it did rain a lot this morning. i think that rain saved a lot of forest from burning.
its much better now, i think the fires are on their way out. its clearing up, still a little smoke but not bad at all. the hills are still smoldering a bit.
there were twenty small fires in the local area, all started by the lightning. the report said it was only 400 acres, which well is a lot but not compared to the 30,000 acres burning not too far away. theres a few really big ones still going within 20-40 miles, but hopefully they got a bit more under control with the rain.
its still pretty intense. over 125,000 acres of forest have burnt, the fires are still going, and most of the small fires merged into one huge fire.
still grateful theres a huge river between me and these fires!
the silver lining seems to be that what is burning now will serve later as a kind of buffer zone. as the fires have been burning in mostly uninhabited areas, and have also been aided by many controlled burns surrounding the areas that are inhabited, it seems in a few years + when another fire comes (its basically an inevitable thing that big fires happen here every year, tho not usually like this!) it will be stopped by what is now fully burnt.
so it feels like mother earth is doing some house cleaning, and also naturally creating buffer zones for later fires, once it starts raining and snowing these fires will go out and that area wont burn again for a long time.
up until recently there was no injuries and no homes destroyed, but i have heard recently that some areas people are losing their homes.
the biggest thing for me is the smoke and not working outside that much, also this has put on damper on whatever was left of the summer time stuff, like going swimming and especially going and gathering wild fruit and all that.
but when i think of this i think it is not so bad, makes me think of the animals though, so many of whom have lost their homes, too, and also are undoubtedly freaked out by not be able to go and gather from their spots- our food is burning! i can certainly get by on what i have growing and etc, so i dont need to be out harvesting stuff, but they have little choice. the animals are on the move, and it must be very hard for them.