Sunday, September 20, 2015

House Update after Butte Fire 9/20/2015


I am happy to say that my house is still standing after coming very close in the Butte fire. The fire came within less than a mile from my house but the fire line was able to hold. Over 500 homes were lost in the area which is a huge percentage when you consider how many people live there. Here are some pictures and links...

Fire Map

This was Saturday at 11 AM

Sheriff coming to tell us to evacuate but we weren't there - notice the glow in the air?

This is Saturday as the fire is close by...that is smoke.. not fog.

This is just before the fire got going... notice the difference in the air? Plus I love this turkey!

We had to wear masks the smoke was so bad..
I am so grateful that we have a house to go back to... and now I can focus on the other things that need to be done.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Update on Butte Fire 9/13/2015


I went up with my son yesterday to go check on things and the house is still there... This morning the fire was at 65K acres and 20% contained which is a lot better than in the last couple of days. We are still under mandatory evacuation and the fire right now is 1.42KM away from my house which is a little closer than before. We saw the crews and heard the bulldozers cutting the fire lines so we know they are trying to make a stand. The town of Mokelumne Hill looks okay right now, the old historic downtown and the houses by it. You can see the fire wrapped around the town on the map so the firefighters must have fought it there too. I am afraid my realtor who sold me this house lost her house as she is under the pink zone there... I emailed her but haven't heard yet.

The fire map this morning... the star is my house
Yesterday morning about 10 AM

You couldn't breathe the smoke was so bad and we had to wear masks.. the power has been out so we cleaned out the freezer and fridge and dried everything up. Right now it is all in a big trash can until the dump opens this weekend. Our clothes smelled like smoke and we didn't stay long. There are looters in the area which is upsetting but once again, my location is such that it will keep my house somewhat protected I think. 

The weather today is cooler with higher humidity and less wind so that should help..


Friday, September 11, 2015

Butte Fire 9/11/2015


My house is currently surrounding by the Butte Fire here in California.. my son was able to go up and rescue some items and while it seemed close this morning it looks better now.

to follow the fire ;
twitter #ButteFire
fire map...,-120.6889469,4384m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!6m1!1szp8nK_5H0MFQ.kzTmU5XK-qJQ?hl=en