I’m not sure how publicized the Yosemite Rim Fire is, but we have been feeling the effects of it for the past week and now it is growing in size and speed. For anyone who doesn’t know, we live literally right outside of Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire started out as about 1,000 acres and 5% contained last Thursday and has quickly grown to a current total acreage burned of 105,620 and is 2% contained. Not good guys. Not only that, but the wind is carrying the fire northwest…. right into East Sonora where we live. It’s hard to get an up to date map because it is spreading so quickly, but I would estimate about 10 miles between us and the Rim Fire in Stanislaus National Forest. Living in the mountains, 10 miles ain’t much.
It is so smokey here that the county has actually issued a “poor air quality” notice. Children and people with lung or heart problems are supposed to stay inside. The sky is a strange orange-grey and I can barely see across the yard to the houses behind us.
The animals have been freaking out for a few days now. I can’t let the chickens out to free-range because they are scared out of their puny little minds and the instinct to flee is kicking in. The rabbits try at every opportunity to escape their cages and I worry that the smoke will affect my three pregnant doe rabbits negatively. I’m sure the smoke isn’t too good for our health either.
A few of the neighboring small towns are under an “advisory evacuation”– which really means that they won’t force you to leave, but you should. I think we are okay for now, but I will let you know if we have to evacuate. Let’s hope the hardworking firefighters get a handle on this fire before it gets too much closer.
Keep our little mountain community in your thoughts!