Recently I got to do a thing at a place.
There was fishing and bug tying and beer drinking.
There were some local legends sharing secrets for striper and black bass getting with a fly pole.
It was a good time for most.
A place I've wanted to fish for a long time but It was difficult to enjoy the moment knowing what was happening back home.
Thursday 9:00am, 3 hours after the Camp fire was first reported -5000 acres. Town of Paradise and surrounding communities are being evacuated.
Midday- 20,000 acres
Thursday 9:00pm- 60,000 acres. Paradise, lower Magalia, and Concow are gone.
Today, a week later, 140,000+ acres have burned. Nearly 10,000 homes, another 2,000 structures and businesses destroyed.
63 people have lost there lives, it is feared (fuck, its known) that number will climb significantly. Anywhere from 200-600 people are considered missing.
The fire moved so fast people just had no time. The roughly 50,000 people evacuated and the community are doing an amazing job of just holding things together...but help is needed. FEMA is just getting its boots on the ground and local shelter/red cross efforts just aren't capable of handling such a massive evacuation in such a short time. The temperatures are dropping, the air quality is toxic, and noro virus is spreading quickly through shelters filled with children and old folks.
If you can spare it donations are needed.
for the gods:
Lots of close friends and co-workers lost everything. If you would like to donate directly to them pm me.
Today is the creek opener...
photo:(Steve Schoonover -- Enterprise-Record)