Sh*t. This fire hits close to home.
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
November 8, 2018 4:23pm CST
As I left work this early afternoon, I smelled smoke in the air. I turned on the truck radio and learned that the latest huge California fire is in Butte County. I noted that I had observed strong winds from the North while at work, so I assumed Butte County was to the North of us here. Turns out it's Northeast, and that they're evacuating folks from Paradise CA, which is where I visit my music buddy Howie, and where my current long-term girlfriend, a horse named Holly, lives. I called Howie when I got home, but could only leave a message. Please sent your thoughts, prayers, nickers, or whatever you sent, to my buddy, his girlfriend, and my girlfriend. The air quality here, 180 miles to the Southwest or Paradise, is bad enough that I'm sneezing. But I'm mostly worried about my friends.
25 people like this
• Walnut Creek, California
@Spontaneo Howie was out of town on assignment (he's a traveling nurse). Both he and his girlfriend are safe. Their house burned to the ground. But the guest house somehow survived. The horses (and even the chickens) survived.
• United States
We actually have a user here on the Lot from Paradise. I cannot think of her current user name. She only comes occasionally. She posted on Facebook last night and thinks that Paradise will actually no longer exist, the entire town was evacuated. She and her 90 something year old mother and her birds were staying in a hotel in Redding. Susan Crossen Hamlin is her real name. I hope Howie and Holly are okay.
• Gainesville, Florida
I've been out of town for the past few days playing in the NXL Paintball World Cup in Orlando, and I've been completely oblivious to the news of the world around me. Just saw this morning the news of the fires. My prayers are definitely with all the people of California. These wildfires are just crazy! Be safe out there.