The West Coast is Burning.

I have two blogs I have begun to merge together; I’m moving 40 from my lesser blog to this one. My plan is to re-vamp that one as a photography site, it will take me over a month to move. Then a bit longer to re-establish it as a new blog. I decided to combine them because they are very similar.

I woke this morning at my normal time, 5:30, dressing in the dark silently (I live in a silent world, I don’t know how noisy I was.) getting dressed to get out with plans to water the garden. The plan was rock solid, I water during hot weather (+100) every other day, 90 F – 100 F I water on the third day. I was greeted with smoke hanging above the ground but not for long, as the temp rose the smoke fell.

I was able to smell the smoke before I opened the door which is never a good sign, then when I saw where the sun was suppose to be and I saw darkness questions began forming. The Sun rises at 6:30 am, I didn’t see it until after 7 am when I took the photo above with my cell phone. The smoke has blocked it out all day long, I’m writing this at 5 pm, I have been receiving texts all day from relatives asking if we have to evacuate. Not yet, and most likely we won’t have to the closest fires to us, the Rainbow Fires have been extinguished.

This fire season is cracking up to be much like the fire season of 2017 when I got a fungus infection in my ears and lost my hearing. The smoke is bad blowing in from the N.W. as usual filling up the Central Valley and ours as well. Smoke only lowers the body’s ability to fight this C-19 virus making people with poor health and weak immune systems more likely to become seriously ill. I’m one of them, now after being self-quarantined since March I’m looking forward to home confinement until the rains begin in November.

The 100 F temperature makes the day dreary, but we won’t expect it to improve until the rains help us out. The firefighters must be given a lot of credit, not only putting up with the heat, smoke, fires and terrible terrain but the panicking animals as well. Wild Pigs (dangerous during the best conditions) Mountain Lions, Bear, and Deer all in a panic fleeing the flames. Countless smaller animals and reptiles all running for their lives. Adding to that confusion domestic animals many times must be left behind, most shelters don’t allow them. It’s never a good situation, it’s impossible to point to one species having it the hardest. A flock of sheep went running past the house yesterday, all they did was smell the smoke, they were not in danger from the flames; and hopefully we won’t be either.

Jacques Lebec Earthworm Farming and Composting

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