Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fall - October 2015

Updates for me and my family

My daughter and son are safe and the Valley Fire of Lake county, California is finally 100% contained.
My daughter's best friends father in law lost his home and he was away that day from Cobb area.
My daughter works for social services and she says it has been very rough to accommodate all the requests for assistance that they have been inundated with in the last month. 
My daughter's other best friend also was in the Butte Fire of Butte County California which is also 100% contained as of a few days ago.   The fire went up to her back door and wilted her vegetable garden.  
The losses from these two fires is just astounding.  
There are so many heroic stories and love and giving of many people to help those who lost so much, everything in many cases as they had no time to gather anything or were simply not at home.  
Thanking the Lord that I moved when I did as there had been 4 major fires in Lake county this summer. The smoke and stress was unbearable for many and I know I would not have been able to live there with the smoke.  As it turned out were I moved to Spokane Washington, we had many days this summer with very unhealthy air and I could not go out at all or had to wear a filtered mask.  The fires are still going in Washington and Idaho and other fires in the Western half of the USA.
Here is my last fire report for the Valley fire.  

                    Map of how close the two main fires got to my kids

Singed USA flag from the Valley Fire in Cobb

           Comparison of the three main fires in Lake county this summer


Valley Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated:October 6, 2015 5:00 pm  FINAL
Date/Time Started:September 12, 2015 1:24 pm  
Administrative Unit:CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit 
County:Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties  
Location:southern Lake County  
Acres Burned - Containment:76,067 acres - 100% contained  
Structures Threatened:2,953 residential  
Structures Destroyed:1,958 structures destroyed, 93 structures damaged  
Evacuations:Residents are being allowed back into all communities affected by the Valley Fire.
Evacuation Centers:
Red Cross Shelters:
Twin Pine Casino, 22223 SR 29 in Middletown.  
Injuries:4 firefighters injured, 4 civilian fatalities  
Cause:Under Investigation 
Cooperating Agencies:Lake County, Sonoma County, Napa County, California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CAL TRANS, California State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, CAL FIRE, CHP, Red Cross and PG&E  
Total Fire Personnel:248  
Total Fire Engines:15  
Total Fire crews:10  
Total Helicopters:3  
Total Dozers:2  
Helicopters may be operating over the fire area as part of the mop-up operation. Firefighters continue to improve existing lines and mopping up hot spots across the fire area. Rehabilitation is underway to restore the natural landscape that may have been altered during initial firefighting efforts. Damage Inspection Teams have completed primary and secondary assessments of the structures destroyed by the Valley Fire. A total of 1958 structures have been destroyed including; 1280 homes, 27 multi-family structures, 66 commercial properties, and 585 other minor structures such as outbuildings and sheds. 93 structures have been damaged including; 41 homes, 7 commercial properties, and 45 other minor structures. All traffic restrictions denying access into the community of Cobb and the surrounding areas have been lifted. Some utility services have not been restored. For information regarding utility services, please contact (800) PGE-5000.
With so many structures destroyed, the damage assessment continues. Click here for information on structures destroyed.
*** Damage Assessment teams continue to collect information in the affected fire areas***
If you are interested in signing up to become a volunteer please click here. Currently, the need is met, but you can pre-register if the need arises you already signed up.  
Phone Numbers (707) 967-4207 (Fire Information Line) 
Phone Numbers 1 (888) 565-2787 (Lake County Information Line )