The fire smoke is so bad today, I cannot see the Yountville Hills which is a 500 foot tall group of hills a quarter mile away from the window I am looking out of. The LNU Complex Fire, the merged Hennessey, Gamble, Green, Markley, Spanish Flat, Morgan Fire and Walbridge fires, is now 15% containment but mostly all this in Napa County. Good for me but not good for those in Healdsburg, Walbridge Fire with 0% containment, and the folks in Solano County where the Hennessy Fire still counties to rage out of control all over the place.
Dodged a huge bullet on Thursday when a new fire broke out above Robert Mondavi Winery near Oakville Grade,cause still unknown. But thankful to the quick response of local fire fighters, the blaze was extinguished about an hour after it started. In 2017, it was the Atlas Peak Fire on the east and the Nuns Fire which burnt from the west. If the Nuns fire had broached Dry Creek Road, Yountville would have been evacuated.
Now the potential apocalyspe, a new possible horror event. The weather forecast is for another series of dry thunder storms to come through this area again starting Sunday night through Monday afternoon. It was the last such storm last Sunday morning that fired off almost 4,500 lightning strikes here and started nearly 400 fires here in California. Here is a link to the Napa Valley Register’s article about how it is believed the Hennessy Fire started:
I have pulled out my suitcases and made an inventory of what I own, thinking hard about how to approach things and what to take in case I do have to evacuate. Today I will call a couple of friends about the possibility of me staying with them for who knows how long. There are so many many fires here, currently the number of fire fighters is about one third of what is needed. And who knows what the storms coming over the next 2 days will bring. I know I have been in touch with HIM more than I have been in a long time.
I hope to be writing the third sequel next week after all has passed but if you don’t see such a post from me, who knows, maybe my next one will be from Greece.