Captain’s Log 5,634
Our local mountains are on fire again. This time, the fire is named “Chariot.” We have been through the Cedar fires and the Witch fires. Now, Chariot. Whatever they are called, they are deadly. Winds up in those mountains can change in an instant. Highways are closed and people are being evacuated. Even though those communities are remote, there are a lot of people living up there. A school about 15 miles away has been set up as the main evacuation center. Some campgrounds are already burned to the ground.
Surprisingly, only minor injuries reported so far. At this writing, the fire is less than 15% contained.
I am supposed to be going up to these mountains on Saturday for a birthday celebration. I think we need to make alternate plans. Even if the fire is out, we would most certainly be in the way of clean-up activities.
The Cedar Fire in 2003 was the largest recorded fire in California history. 2,232 homes were destroyed and 15 lives were lost. The Witch Fire in 2007 burned 1,500 homes and killed 9 people. I certainly hope the Chariot Fire is contained soon. When the Santa Ana winds gust up to 85 miles per hour up there, anything can happen.
I have a long day ahead of me. It will end with a speech I have to give at 7:30 this evening. I’ll consider myself lucky if I am home before 9:30. This is why I earn the big bucks……NOT!
The Cooper’s hawk continues to astound me. He spends most of his days on Febreze Lady’s roof while he watches my yard for foolish and slow doves to make a mistake. She would definitely have a fit if she knew he was up there. He’s young and not very skilled yet. He smashed into the patio door the other day and I thought the house had been hit by a truck! But he will learn. In time, there will be a swift end to a dove….leaving a puff of feathers and nothing more.
Shot with a zoom lens through two panes of glass. Did not capture him well but at least you can see his markings and his demeanor. Young hunter!
Off to the salt mines.