Much of the afternoon I spent monitoring fire reports on the Internet. The hamlet of Berry Creek, about 25 miles from Oroville, is gone, consumed overnight Tuesday/Wednesday. There were about 500 houses in the area, and the fire expanded so fast that there was little time for evacuation when warning came in the middle of the night. The bodies of three people who failed to make it out have been found, and seven people are known to be missing. There is so far no information about how many houses have been destroyed throughout the fire zone, but at least 20,000 people have been evacuated, and another 20,000 are under an evacuation warning, including most of the city of Oroville itself. Here's an article in the SF Gate with some photos.
There isn't so much wind tonight, so there's a good chance Oroville won't burn, but the fire is nowhere near contained so risk remains, and it's likely that we will get another smokey day with the sun dimmed. The one good thing about that is that the thick smoke cover is keeping the temperatures down. It only got up into the mid-seventies Wednesday, instead of the predicted mid-nineties.
I ended up eating potato chips and cottage cheese for dinner Wednesday, then took a nap that lasted until near midnight, and after being awake for a while ate a bran muffin and drank some unsweetened chocolate milk. The pervasive smell of smoke is not stimulating my appetite, but it is aggravating my cough. Things are likely to stay weird for at least a few more days. I'm likely to stay weird permanently.