At this writing, this fire is only 5% contained and has been burning for over a week. It is threatening many structures, among them an Inn quite close to my heart-the Sunset Inn in Groveland, Ca. My husband and I spent our 25th anniversary there for five glorious and peaceful days in June of this year and are now planning to move to the area quite soon.
I am planning to go to nearby Arnold, Ca. to go house hunting on Sept. 2nd, but the fire is threatening much of the area. I intended to drive through Yosemite on Hwy 120 which has now been closed in places since the fire has managed to jump this road several times.
My friends in Groveland-the owners of the Sunset Inn-have no electricity and phone, relying on their generator. They have managed to relocated many of their farm animals, though not all, and are preparing to evacuate if necessary.
I don't know if any of you are affected by this fire, but please send prayers and good thoughts their way.
Thanks. I will do this. I live between Yosemite and San Francisco. San Francisco is finally going to appreciate Hetch Hetchy on this one.
There are several wildfires in CA right now but this ("Rim Fire") is, by far, the largest at over 105,000 acres.
Still moving pretty fast, but It looks like Groveland will be ok for now.
The fire is about 25 miles north of us, and we have had surprisingly little smoke-- indicating that it is moving more NE in direction. The main attack is airborne, and we can see the planes coming over. Rugged steep terrain makes it impossible to get lines established with bulldozers and crews.
We were in a mandatory evacuation in mid June for a short time, but our area was spared. I feel for the people who have had to leave their homes, and know what they are feeling.
Sending prayers to all impacted by these fires.
Also praying for those who refuse to acknowledge why fires are getting wilder as storms are getting
bigger and more destructive.
Lorlie -- Let us know when you relocate to Arnold. I see a Big Trees field trip in my future! Woo hoo!!
Be careful, everyone - stay safe. Praying for a quick end to these devastating fires.
Hi everyone. Thanks for your thoughts on this devastation and the news you've offered.
I hope our move will still happen-my house hunting trip is definitely going to change-I will have to take a different route. I haven't checked out Ebbet's Pass, but heard from a realtor in Arnold that it's the most direct route-ugh, I hate driving through Carson City, etc., but I think I'll just have to grin and bear it!
Rochelle-I've been up since 4 and saw the same thing on this website: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3660/. It's a pretty good and usually up-to-date site, if you want to look at it.
Susiecat7-thanks for the thoughts and prayers!
MMom-Big Trees! I've heard that's right next to Arnold-maybe we'll actually meet-unlike what happened when the first HP 'tutorial' occurred and I couldn't make it...
Doodlehead, I'm amazed Gov. Brown called this a state of emergency on S.F.'s behalf because of their power lines and the threat to Hetch Hetchy-oh, whatever-it's always about the big cities, I suppose.
Anyway, I'm off to wrangle the dirt in my house-keeps my mind off of this whole thing.
PS: I haven't heard from my friends in Groveland-I am worried sick.
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