I'm deviating from my normal posts about quilting. Every year we worry during fire season at the cabin. This year, fire season is one of the most extreme we've experienced. The Butte Fire is quickly approaching our area. Our governor declared a state of emergency yesterday and the National Guard is being sent in to help. As of last night, the fire doubled in size in one day to 65,000 acres and is only 5% contained.
As the crow flies, it is now about 10 miles away from our little Arnold community as indicated by the yellow arrow. Yesterday the fire was growing in all directions between 60-70 feet a minute! Our 4-year drought is feeding the fire literally tons of dry fuel.
The area in orange was under mandatory evacuation yesterday. The area in yellow, my area, is still under advisory evacuation. To make matters worse, some idiots (and I'd like to use a much stronger word here) are looting. It's one thing to loose a home to the forces of Mother Nature, another to be plundered by some yahoos (insert language here unbecoming to a lady) taking advantage of the situation.
Many are losing everything they own. Some ranchers in the area are struggling to get their large animals to safety. Luckily for us, the cabin isn't our primary home.....but it's our haven away from city life. It holds family memories of wonderful times together. Hopefully it will survive this firestorm along with all of the other cabins in our area.
I'll keep you posted. Right now I'm turning my nervous energy to cleaning and preparing for our company. This house has never been cleaner!!!