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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #30 on: July 14, 2018, 04:24:59 PM »
>officially summer again, which we now call the Nervous Season


Yeah, sorry. I was wondering about you when I recently filtered "wildfire" from my feeds.  From the east, it looks like everything west of Missouri is burning.

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #31 on: July 14, 2018, 06:57:18 PM »
>>sorry

Thanks. But, you make your choices and you pay the consequences. We chose to live there (not currently home). We were utterly under-informed about fire, but that's our fault. It has been a bit wearing the last few years though.

>>everything west of Missouri is burning

Last year the acreage burned was 50% above the 40-year average. People are saying this is the new normal.

>> Missouri

They say the line between arid and most America, which John Wesley Powell identified as the 100th meridian, has moved 10 degrees east. But in any case, it used to be just west of Missouri in Nebraska.... now almost all of Missouri is on the wrong side of that line. Expect fires there too
https://e360.yale.edu/digest/a-north-american-climate-boundary-has-shifted-140-miles-east-due-to-global-warming

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #32 on: July 22, 2018, 07:38:10 PM »
Ergophobe, any updates?

I'm hoping you're okay!

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #33 on: July 22, 2018, 09:54:19 PM »
Safe and sound in Minnesota. We were supposed to head back tomorrow, but weíre under mandatory evacuation

Still a good chance weíll lose the house. Was looking dire yesterday when the fire jumped the highway. So far it hasnít jumped the line on our side, but looked like it was making an end run.

They are getting ready to set a huge backfire on the border of our neighborhood and burn about a 5-mike line. If they can pull that off in the next couple of days, our chance of burning drops a lot.

So right now Iím back to giving better than even odds.

At least another week before they will lift the evacuation.

Key thing is for now everyone, residents and firefighters, are relatively  safe. The danger is mostly to property at this point.

Itís also going to cost us a fair bit in lost business in the relative near term. But thatís why we have a largish checking account

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #34 on: July 22, 2018, 10:31:20 PM »
Oh, wow!

I'm glad you're safe ... but your stress levels must be through the roof!

I send a hug to both you and Theresa.

... as if that helps ...
« Last Edit: July 22, 2018, 10:34:53 PM by buckworks »

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #35 on: July 22, 2018, 10:35:48 PM »
I'm glad you are out of there and safe.  I do hope you don't lose your home.

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #36 on: July 23, 2018, 01:57:55 AM »
Thanks guys. Actually my stress levels are surprisingly fine. This is so utterly and completely out of my control, that on some level it bothers me less than the little things that I do stress about because I believe, rightly or wrongly, that I can do something about them.

The part that does have me bothered is there is a scattering of friends and community. If the community takes a big hit, a big piece of those friendships will go with them. I mean people who have been in our house for a meal or a beer or ice cream twice a week for the last decade. People who, in the midst of trying to save stuff from their house, went to our house and completely loaded our pickup truck and drove it out for us, as if they didn't have enough to do. Those friendships will not be the same if we are scattered. 

It's an interesting exercise in learning what you care about. Easy to say now, though, while I can still be in denial :-)

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #37 on: July 23, 2018, 04:30:22 PM »
I have been back in Spokane, WA for less than a week and there have already been 2 decent sized fires in the area. Both of them close enough to see big smoke plumes. They weren't huge and were contained fairly quickly but the smoke is in the air and it will stay that way for the next 2 months.

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #38 on: July 24, 2018, 12:10:25 AM »
>>smoke is in the air

Life in the Western US. Welcome home!

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #39 on: July 25, 2018, 11:47:35 PM »
So glad to hear you are safe. What a nightmare.

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #40 on: July 26, 2018, 02:28:25 PM »
Things are looking good. Backburn yesterday will give us a lot of comfort once they get that button that up an declare it contained.


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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #41 on: July 26, 2018, 03:11:16 PM »
Keep us posted, EG.

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #42 on: July 28, 2018, 01:19:41 PM »
>until today really, it looked highly likely we would lose everything to wildfire(from another thread)

What's going on?


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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #43 on: July 28, 2018, 06:06:31 PM »
Major backburns protecting the ridge above and below our house have been completed. Once it "blacks in" we will be pretty safe. I think we've mostly reached that point now.

The attached map is bit old. Imagine that ridgeline burn being completed yesterday and you have the general picture.

Now it's mostly the hassle of another 1-3 weeks of evacuation (probably 2) and a crap ton of smoke. And $10-$15,000 in refunded customers. But in the grand scheme, we're pretty relieved

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Re: Fire Again!!!
« Reply #44 on: July 29, 2018, 12:17:48 AM »
The fire danger seems to be an annual event now in the Yosemite region.  How much have you considered relocating?