My last post was titled “Calm before the Storm,” meaning the holidays. This week NorCal has been socked in with fires and smoke. That Paradise fire affected almost all of NorCal, even hundreds of miles away. It’s the worst fire in California history, the death toll keeps rising.
We’ve just been nailed with fires all year, then come the mudslides. Last year my in-laws house in Ojai was in jeopardy, firefighters were able to save Ojai Valley before it jumped father down.
All summer I drove through a ton of smoke on I-5, driving through a controlled fire right on the freeway guided by CHP. When we filmed this clip, we didn’t know it was controlled yet & understandably freaked out.
Now this Paradise fire, which is truly devastating in so many ways. My friend made a trip up with supplies yesterday in a campaign on FB. The request was for mainly gift cards, blankets, hygiene supplies. It was interesting, I shared her post and asked if anyone wanted to drop off with me I would get the items to her in Modesto – I didn’t get one response? The day before I asked if there was a donation station in Walnut Creek and got maybe 2 responses. At first I thought everyone blocks me on FB and was a little pissed. Now I think that FB blocks “non-sponsored” fundraisers, a Go Fund Me would have made my feed.
Regardless, we went out and got a bunch of GC’s in $25 to $50 increments from Walmart and Target for her to deliver. I had some warm blankets, bought a bunch of trial size hand sanitizer . Looking for useful camping supplies in the garage I found a propane heater I used to use for golfing on cold mornings, so I threw that in with some propane bottles. Other than that, I didn’t want to out-guess what supplies would be more useful than just GC’s.
I first noticed the air quality last Friday when I took a group out on the boat, mostly seniors. We stood at the dock wondering if it should be a no-go, everyone voted to go for it. Besides some short outings, I’ve been indoors ever since with a sore throat and teary eyes. OK, that’s nothing compared to being homeless in Paradise, it’s just to say how bad the air quality is here. A few days of a sore throat is nothing.
This picture & the cover are from the start of the bad air quality last Friday, then some drone footage of Walnut Creek from yesterday.
If I’m right about FB blocking me on the newsfeed, that’s a whole other blog. I could very well be persona non-grata in Walnut Creek, or everyone is just “over” FB. If that’s the case, my prediction of FB is it’s going to go out as fast as it came in.