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Saturday [Nov. 17th, 2018|08:53 pm]
Today the damage survey reached places very near my house. I checked the photos and I'm pretty sure one of them shows the remains of a large workshop my back fence neighbor put up a couple of year ago, and I think property is in the background, and there is nothing there. It's been frustrating waiting so long for confirmation of the destruction of my house. I know the chances of its survival were incredibly slight, but I want to be absolutely certain. This photo is not absolute confirmation, but it the survey continues on Sunday they should post photos of my street tomorrow. But it's looking bad for the survival of any of my cats.

The smoke is still heavy but was thin enough this morning that some water planes could be sent to fight the fire. A few of them went directly over the house I'm staying in, which is a couple of miles south of the Chico airport. These are large, twin-engined prop planes, and their passage rattles the windows. I've seen video of them scooping water from lakes and they are quite impressive. I hope they got a lot of use today. The fire is still burning its way east and north toward some small settlements. Those towns farther out were lucky to get so much warning time. Having experience of waking up to find part of your neighborhood already in flames is something you don't want to happen.

It's unlikely I'll be able to get anything done tomorrow. I haven't really gotten much done any of the last ten days, except not get my sorry ass burned, and I got that done on the first day. I keep wondering when I'll quit being so scattered and lethargic.

[User Picture]From: asher63
2018-11-18 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh how horrible. I am so sorry. Glad you are OK.
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2018-11-18 01:53 pm (UTC)
I spent some time yesterday looking at that map, and it was one of the most compelling and most terrible things I'd ever seen. Even safely sitting here hundreds of miles away, I can't get over the realization that each of those little red icons represents the story of an instantly and completely upended life ...
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[User Picture]From: opakele
2018-11-18 05:32 pm (UTC)
I appreciate you continuing to update journal.

You will work through this.
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