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Old September 3rd, 2022, 10:16 AM   #1
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Hey, Bob in Weed, you ok?

Wicked fire up in Weed. Checking in on you, Bob. You ok? Are you evacuated?

Who else is in the area?
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Old September 3rd, 2022, 02:20 PM   #2
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Paging @Bob KellyIII. Hope you’re ok too!

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Old September 3rd, 2022, 03:48 PM   #3
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Old September 3rd, 2022, 08:33 PM   #4
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Bunch of fires cropped up this past few days, with the drought, the normal time of year when everything dries out, and the mega heat wave. San Diego, two in Santa Clarita, two in Weed, and another one somewhere else I can't remember. They've got a handle on SC and SD; Weed is giving them trouble.
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.................with no response here from Bob, either. Hmmm.........
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Yea the drought and heatwave out west have been terrible. Lake Mead is almost so low that it won’t be able to produce power. Let’s hope for some relief soon.
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Yeah, it's bad. Our local reservoirs are low. Oroville, the dam that only a few years ago was threatening to overflow, is now down low enough that I think they quit using it to generate power. Didn't check on Lake Mead on our trip through Vegas this last weekend, but reports say it's bad. Lake levels have been visibly falling over the last few years.

This morning our house registers 86' inside at 11am. Outside on the porch, in the shade, it was reading 101'. The only bright side is that some areas are getting some humidity and even rain in isolated places.
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Old September 5th, 2022, 06:12 AM   #8
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Looking at the Mill Fire area, Bob's house is in it, right near where route 97 makes a turn to the east. Even if it hasn't burned, it's probably without power. Let's hope we hear from him soon.
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From what I read, there were two fatalities so far in Weed, both women.
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Oh, no. I hadn't heard about fatalities in this last round of wildfires. Injuries, but hadn't heard about the ones who were lost.
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Our local reservoirs are low. Oroville, the dam that only a few years ago was threatening to overflow, is now down low enough that I think they quit using it to generate power.
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Old September 7th, 2022, 02:45 PM   #15
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Howdy All....
We just got the internet back up about 30 min ago....
yes we're fine, but alot of loss here in town... over 200 houses burnt down
2 dead, and some injuries, but not many.
they came by and said evacuate !
so we loaded up but the fire was a long way away at that point and I knew if I did evacuate I would not be able to get back home so we stayed and were ready to dash.... the fire got to within about 2000 yards from our place at the closest point, but the winds that were strong and erratic finally changed away from us and the fire took off across country, devastating the beautiful ranch land to the north east.
.... it took 3.75 days to get electricity back on so everything in the freezer was gone..... I didn't think about starting the generator till the 2nd day !
i hooked it up and ran it but it took an hour to just get it cool again
so we tossed over $300.00 of frozen food and just came back with a bit more from town today.
my wife has been getting non refrigerated emergency like foods for the 6 years we have been here so we ate well regardless of no power
( smart girl !)
.... they were exceedingly slow in lifting the evacuation order here which was very aggravating, but they do what they gott'a do !
.....
Yah we loaded the car and 2 bikes and were ready to bug out.... but there was actually no need ... I don't think half the people on my block left...
my nice neighbor put his water hose over the back fence so I could fill the water jugs for 3 days ! so I bought him a 30 pack of budwizer HAHAHHA!
.....
but all in all we survived fine it was awesome seeing the big bombers take out a 1/4 mile of fire at a dumping..... those things are amazing ! and their still working it on the far end .
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thanks for the concern my friends !
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Glad you're ok, Bob!

Everything with these fires seems to happen in slow-motion but they want to make *sure* it's ok to go back into evac zones when they lift them. Getting people out once is hard enough, when a fire's coming, but doing it a second time? Three times as hard.

Also applies to when they start releasing resources, and when they consider a fire "out." It will take weeks of a fire being relatively well-behaved, within its perimeter, before they declare it out. Liability, again. If they declare one out, and it flares up again, it's a problem.
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Old September 8th, 2022, 01:12 AM   #19
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Very true Cali.... there are several fire trucks and their crew just parked at strategic places watching hot spots....
when a fire burns into an old stump under ground it can burn for weeks and then re emerge making another forest fire...
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it's been a nail biting week so far but things are starting to return to normal now....
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this fire , or fighting it, did not go like normal at all.... they Immediately called for extra help and got it !(which is Odd ) they had more men and equipment on this fire than any fire I have Ever witnessed and huge bombers too, I counted 4 big guys , and several big helicopters dumping water from their big buckets and smaller planes as well.... they had the equipment ! and I am sure that is the reason the town was SAVED if it were left to just our Local guys
the whole east side of town (where I am at) would not be here... of that I am sure !
.....
I want to make a plywood sign that says "Thank you fire fighters" and put it in my front yard ! LOL ...but I have no black paint ! hummmm !
..... those guys saved our asses !
.....

We went to town ( Yreka) today and the devastation looks really small from the main freeway.... a few bare spots where houses used to be but it is relilitively small.
.... I bet next year they will be real adamant about people keeping the grass down around their place !.....
..... I have been doing that all along as I know that it has to be done !
and my house is almost burn proof... it has non burnable siding and a metal roof.... but neither of my neighbors have that.... and if they go up chances are the intense heat would make mine go too. I had 13 motorcycles turn into puddles about 12 years ago on the Ranch ... forest fires are NOTHING to mess with they are serious business !
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They've been hitting new-start fires as hard as they can, even more than in past years. Something made your fire blow *up* hard, and they threw a lot at it to keep it from getting even more out of control. Some areas, which burn all the time, handle fire better (Santa Clarita), but other areas go nuts.

Next up, watch out for rain. Fire-burned soil doesn't handle rain well at all and we get mudslides.
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this fire , or fighting it, did not go like normal at all.... they Immediately called for extra help and got it !(which is Odd ) they had more men and equipment on this fire than any fire I have Ever witnessed and huge bombers too, I counted 4 big guys , and several big helicopters dumping water from their big buckets and smaller planes as well.... they had the equipment ! and I am sure that is the reason the town was SAVED if it were left to just our Local guys
the whole east side of town (where I am at) would not be here... of that I am sure !
Did they use that 747 out of Vegas?
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what made this fire "blow up" was the wind ! it was erratic and strong probably up to 20~30 mph !.... strong winds are normal here 50mph winds are not uncommon for days on end, fire, wind, and DRY fuel is all it takes to make a firestorm !
Danno.... I don't think so i think the biggest one was a 737 a twin engine jet with an engine in the vertical tail with a big belly tank painted orange
(I think that is a 737 not sure at all but all I know it was big at tree top level !)
I saw one I really liked, it reminded me of a modernized p-38 with a square tail.... never seen him before ... he had twin engines on pods that went back to the tail with a fuselage in the center and 2 people he escorted in the big guys quite a few times..... there was even a 4 engine prop passenger plane of some sort and a 4 engine passenger jet too.....
it was like the air show at Reno watching these guys !
.....
Yes when you remove the grass roots the top soil has nothing to hold it down and it will slide if you get alot of rain ! fortunately most of this was relitively flat land and rolling hills.

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I burned my hand like a dummy a bit ago.... I was welding up 3, 16" extensions to a garden gate to make it wider so I can get the bikes in and out of the back yard easier when I tried to slide the gate sitting atop the vice
and it wouldn't slide so out of frustration I put my hand on the freshly welded piece to shove it..... bad move ! it's not real bad but still a bit painful
....
..... I still haven't learned if you get frustrated stop working or bad things happen ! ....i knew better than to touch that area ! but that is what frustration does to you it makes you NOT THINK for a split second and that is all it takes to make a big owie !!!! LOL
....ah well the gate is almost done anyway ...now I have to move the one post and put it back on..... that should be fairly easy but now it'll be a week or so till I get back to it ! LOL
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a 36" wide gate is too small to get a bike through without hitting the mirrors and saddle bags.... so I made it a 48" gate !
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...i think the biggest one was a 737 a twin engine jet with an engine in the vertical tail...
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The aircraft above is a McDonald Douglas DC-10. DC-10ís have been converted by the Air Force for use as in air air refueling tankers, designated as KC-10ís, and also converted as fire fighting tankers.
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LOL yah ! so I don't know my planes any more !
but that was the big one Jim...... and it was Awesome seeing it dump it's load for 1/4 mile at below tree top level that pilot knew what he was doing that is for sure ! ..... I watched him make about 3 runs then got busy doing something....
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Today it is so hazy i cam barely see Mt. Shasta and I'm only 2 miles from the peak ! as the crow flies...lol
the wind is kicking up..... so I hope they got the fire all out and are watching hot spots !
..... according to the news most of California is burning or at least it looks like that !
a very very long time ago all of the central valley of California was a dessert
I think mother nature is trying to make it that way again ! Man may fight the change but he will loose in the end !
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I got the Bigger gate done for the back yard ! all but the paint.
so it will be a cinch to get the bikes in and out now ! WOOT !
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Eh. If you believe the news, yeah, the "entire" state of California is burning. Same as every year. People who don't live here don't realize just how big a state we are. There's a lot of areas that are fine.

It's always a dramatic and amazing sight to watch the planes and helicopters doing their water/retardant drops. One of the pictures in this year's county fair was of a local freeway after a retardant drop. The exit sign was splashed in pink. I remember seeing that, a couple of years ago so it was interesting to see someone else thought it worth photographing.
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