We live in South Lake Tahoe, CA, where a large and devastating fire erupted on Sunday. Over 200 homes have been destroyed and more than 1000 people have been evacuated. We are not among them. We are fine, and our house is fine.

That said, we have several friends who are now without homes. One man, Jim Patterson, lost his wife to breast cancer two months ago and Sunday got out of their house with their five pets but not with her ashes. He now says that Lenore’s ashes ‘will be part of the new foundation when I rebuild.’

We just got back last night at midnight, and today we need to fireproof our own place to the extent we can. This means rake pine needles off of our roof – a cedar shake one! – connect our garden hoses to our spigots, deploy a ladder to our roof, leave a light on in every room and the doors unlocked, etc. Also we want to do some basic preparation for evacuation – critical documents, photos and other items.

Then we need to track down some friends who are now not answering their land lines and see what they need.

A tragedy. Gotta go!


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