This time it’s a fire. Wildfires are a Southern California staple, but this particular one has our immediate attention.
If you rely on television and movies to understand Southern California you might expect little more than a sprawling freeway system and out of control suburban congestion. There is that.
But there is so much more.
When I hit sensory overload, which certainly does occur, we head for the hills. We invested in a little retreat just perfect for escaping this particular mega-region.
Meet our little cabin in the woods…
That’s how I see it, anyway. A cabin with wheels.
For more than 35 years we’ve maintained limited ownership in a private recreational vehicle resort in the San Jacinto Mountains. In the 70′s, hedging against fuel restrictions during the oil crisis years, we bought a spot in this lovely place less than two hours from home. It offered a perfect get-away for a young family with limited traveling resources and it now offers the same retreat potential for two senior citizens.
But today we’re watching the news stories, hoping Silent Valley survives the raging Silver Fire. This huge wildfire broke out around 2 p.m. yesterday on the road that leads down into the resort area, and dense brush, further fueled by high winds and high temperatures, has scorched more than 10,000 acres in and around the area with no more than 10% containment.
People have already lost their homes, fire fighters have been injured, and the reports indicate this fire is worse than the Esperanza Fire which took the lives of five firefighters in this same region nearly seven years ago.
We wait. There isn’t a good way to know anything for certain. It’s not helpful to race ahead about what this may mean, so it seems best to offer up a prayer for those in its direct path, in particular, the more than 1,000 firefighters called to the uncontrolled blaze.
It’s when I think of them that I feel myself getting emotional. Four firefighters have already been confirmed as injured. A few people have lost their homes. These are the real casualties.
But I would miss our little place. Our cabin-on-wheels stays on site and we don’t yet know about how it has fared.
Wildfires are naturally capricious. We’ll have to see where this one takes us…and you know I’ll share an update when I know anything. Silent Valley has a Facebook page and the frequent updates give me hope that the preponderance of the place is certainly spared.
Just this week I had been contemplating severing my tie with Facebook. I guess it has its value.
- Southern California wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate (cbsnews.com)
- Hundreds flee, homes burn, 3 hurt in Southern California fire (mercurynews.com)