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    #81
    A friend of ours who’s home is in direct line of Fire was allowed to go get some stuff a little while ago. He is friendly with the fire chief and chief told him they are bulldozing a fire line across pastures properties etc right this minute. Not public knowledge, per se. Chief also said one thing in our favor is for the fire to hit town it has to travel downhill, and that slows it down.
    Also cops had more than one person in cuffs in town; they called in several other departments to help keep looters to a minimum.
    My neighbor has cameras in the front of his house he’s kept me updated somewhat, knock wood things okay. I think when this is over we will be installing cameras also. Sad to say, as this is a neighborhood where we used to sleep with our doors wide open.

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      Originally posted by Obsidian Fire View Post
      A friend of ours who’s home is in direct line of Fire was allowed to go get some stuff a little while ago. He is friendly with the fire chief and chief told him they are bulldozing a fire line across pastures properties etc right this minute. Not public knowledge, per se. Chief also said one thing in our favor is for the fire to hit town it has to travel downhill, and that slows it down.
      Also cops had more than one person in cuffs in town; they called in several other departments to help keep looters to a minimum.
      My neighbor has cameras in the front of his house he’s kept me updated somewhat, knock wood things okay. I think when this is over we will be installing cameras also. Sad to say, as this is a neighborhood where we used to sleep with our doors wide open.
      Funny how disaster brings out the best, and in some, the worst of human nature. Thankfully the bad actors are in the minority. Still, it's hard to fathom the bad behavior.

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        #83
        Calvincrowe how are things with your barn mates? Everyone okay?

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          #84
          Praying for everyone out west. I wish I were closer so I could help . Fire is one of my biggest fears. I can deal with the hurricanes we deal with in Florida, but fires terrify me. We once had a marsh fire come up within 1000 feet of my property one year, that was terrifying. I have only one way in and out of my property, thick forest/underbrush on the other 3 sides. I loaded up the kids and pets and left, too close for comfort. It was super hard for them to get the fire truck back our road, which I guess is one reason why we pay so much for house insurance, because not only where we live are we a fire hazard, but we are 10 miles from the closest fire station. I can only imagine the horror of what everyone is going through out there. Just the small marsh fire terrified me (I think it was like 25 acres in size, but was 100% contained within 24 hours).

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            #85
            It is pretty chaotic around here. People who have evacuated are breaking down barriers to get their homes because of looting rumors. The gunshots that were reported were actually propane tanks exploding. The sheriff and crew have been patrolling the Holiday Farm fire area and have reported no incidences so far. QAnon supporters are flooding social media with all sorts of falsehoods. God, I wish people would focus on those who need help. Over 500,000 people have been evacuated.

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              #86
              Hoping to hear from you all.

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                #87
                The state got overzealous in counting evacuees. It's closer to 40,000, which is still a huge number of people.

                The community has really stepped up here in Lane County. Lots of volunteers are rescuing animals; residents with room are taking in everything from chickens to horses. The fire has slowed, but is still 0% contained. There is a huge need for firefighters and some are now coming from other states. Resources are spread thin.

                Things are very bad up near Portland, were entire communities are threatened. Current maps show some suburbs under a level 1 evacuation notice. That includes some areas west of I-5, which is shocking.

                Air quality has been hazardous for four days. I wake up every morning with a headache even though I only go outside to feed my horses and clean stalls. However, that's nothing compared to what others are suffering. The loss of homes and lives is horrible.

                Current evacuation map for the fires near Portland:

                https://ccgis-mapservice.maps.arcgis...75a5ccf1c84b30

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                  #88
                  I hope no one waits until the last minute to get out. It's not worth it. Just go, and help who you can on your way out.

                  As I said before, times like these tend to bring out the best in most people.

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                    #89
                    Current update from news conference with Fire peeps a few mins ago, the fire is “holding steady” but they are going fast as they can with cats and dozers breaking that fire break line. However. We have a good marine layer right now which is suppressing the fire somewhat. Fire Chief says if we lose the marine layer the fire will just explode. So fingers crossed.
                    All the loggers and hard core farmers have used their own equipment to help with these efforts as our FF can’t be everywhere they need to be.

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                      #90
                      Please be careful. Sending you thoughts of strength.

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                        #91
                        Hoping there is progress in the containment the fire.

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                          #92
                          Things vastly better today. My three evacuee horses are going back to newberg today. Air still way thick

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                            No updates skydy . Which I guess is a good thing; status quo is better than things going sideways for sure.
                            Spent a little time brushing my mare and the others I brought. My BO had brought hers out; we were there at the same time so hung out for awhile just enjoying being away from everything else for awhile. She’s never been to Oakhurst before so I gave her the mini-tour,LOL.

                            Right now that’s it!

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                                #95
                                Good to hear.

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                                    #97
                                    It makes you feel as if you are on a different planet doesn't it?

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                                      Originally posted by skydy View Post
                                      It makes you feel as if you are on a different planet doesn't it?
                                      Yeah. Like being in some strange sci-fi movie.

                                      Now that the most immediate crisis is past, it's like being in the ‘eye’ of the storm, for lack of a better explanation. Because once we’re allowed to go home, and people can truly assess what they’ve lost, it will be another form of crisis.

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                                        Originally posted by Obsidian Fire View Post

                                        Yeah. Like being in some strange sci-fi movie.

                                        Now that the most immediate crisis is past, it's like being in the ‘eye’ of the storm, for lack of a better explanation. Because once we’re allowed to go home, and people can truly assess what they’ve lost, it will be another form of crisis.
                                        That is very true, but the worst loss of all is a human life. Keep safe. (((HUGS)))

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                                          I know we are about a 9 hr drive from CA but there are 2 barns here with capacity to hold about 35 stalled horses each, plus another 30 or so paddocks with shade shelters, plus pastures, if anyone wants to send horses east for a couple of months. Board is very cheap here. Both places provide full care and we don't get natural disasters like other places. I would help arrange it for people however necessary and provide weekly photos if desired..
                                          Last edited by jetsmom; Sep. 13, 2020, 04:43 AM.

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