Friday, June 17, 2016

Trip planning and a nearby fire.

While not quit a month since my last post, still long enough I guess.

I have been working and planning for our trip to Lynden, Washington starting next Thursday the 23rd. I do a little each day.

We will make the trip in 8 days with little time for sight seeing. It really doesn’t matter as we have made this same trip many times before. A few of the nightly stops will be different this time but I will report on those as we travel.

Now however, we have a large fire burning to the West of us on the coastal range. It started 3 days ago and has grown each day since. It has been named the Sherpa Fire after the ranch where it started. During the day the winds blow from West to East along the coast but at night they shift to the South and blow down over the mountains (called sundowner winds) causing the fire to cross Highway 101. In places the center medium has burned and the highway has been closed for the last 2 nights when this happens. Probably will be closed again tonight. The sundowner winds have been 35 to 45 MPH which plays havoc with attempts to control the fire. There are some pretty dramatic photos on line of the fire at night. Check Google Images and Sherpa Fire for those.

So far the only building to burn was the pump station for the State Park at El Capitan which was located way up a canyon. We have several friends living on ranches in the fire area and are in contact with them. It has been reported on TV that there have been losses to avocados, lemons, and olive groves.

We are about 10 miles from the fire I would guess and the standby evacuation line is a road about 3 miles West of us. If they move it closer to us, a lot of houses are in danger not only ours. If we are forced to evacuate we will take the RV and move to one of the staging areas set up for that and wait it out.
Smoke as seen from our backyard yesterday(sorry for the pole).

For now we keep the house closed up to keep the smell of smoke out and also the ash that falls. It hasn’t been too bad so far. However it is supposed to get into the 90’s here on Monday which will mean using fans to keep cool.