Todays Forest Fire Update, Updated When I Can

Saturday August 22, 2020 Guerneville CA.

Yip another fire day

I decided to give an update as I’m too pooped to do much else right now.

Fire trucks moved in

This morning fire trucks moved in to our area to protect houses. They are mostly city type fire fighters and we are glad to have them.

Once we talked with them and we knew what we should do we spread out and started pulling everything away from our house sides, everything we could.

I worked until I was too hot and sweaty and did what I could.

There’s some serious hot spots at Mount Jackson. And there’s supposed to be fires burning at the old mines on Sweetwater springs road and that’s why the fire guys are here.

If the fire comes down this way they hope it won’t be moving too fast so stuff can be done.

I know they worked hard and are working on keeping the fires above the park in check.

Otherwise things don’t look too bad  but they don’t look too good either.

The other guys are out in the forests around the area prepping things for fire breaks and knocking down hot spots. I’ve worked as much as this older body will allow so I plan to go for  a dirt bike ride with my brother later to see what’s going on.

My brother said there are ten dozers and lots of fire trucks down at the Guerneville fire house getting deployed as I type.

I’ll update when I can.

12:30 update

Been working harder than I want or can. :O)

This is a picture of the fire protection guys arriving this morning talking with my brother Tom.firetruck1


We showed them around to our neighbors place.neighbors2


They where doing a pre-check so they had some idea what was going on if they had to come back in a hurry. Nice guys.

Then we went to work clearing stuff around our houses. I worked around my house then came over here to help  my bothers after I did the last update. All I had in me was to run the air blower to blow everything away from the house as much as possible.work3


That about did us all in so that’s why I’m here  doing this as it’s all I can do for a bit.

The fire trucks moved on up the road towards the fire stopping at houses along the way. If the fire comes to a house they will try to protect it, then move down towards us as they go and the fire moves on.

I have my fire radio on and can hear the fire guys working up in the hills above me on it. Mount Jackson seems to be a hot spot they are trying to hold to keep it out of Rio Nido and Guerneville and beyond.

Things are still looking pretty good here, despite it all. :O)

Being down in the valley I’m not sure what’s going on up above the state park, but I know they are on it.  Hope to check that out soon.

That’s it for now.

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12 Responses to Todays Forest Fire Update, Updated When I Can

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Thanks Bob

  2. richard lewis says:

    Hi Bob
    Great to hear your voice on your site.
    Thanks for your reporting and effort for the community.
    Reports are scant and unlike real time you put in. Sonoma County should have reports like yours! Would do a lot to create calm and understanding of the situation.

  3. CCR Burl says:

    Thank you for your updates. I too love Armstrong Woods and am on pins and needles hoping for the best.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Bob for both of your detailed Saturday accounts. You are doing us all such a great service but …please take care—you, Tom and Barry!

  5. A friend sent me this and I’m so grateful to receive all this information on the Park and surrounding area. My house of 42 years is in Rio Nido and much of my work on Russian River issues for the last 40 years will be lost if the house burns. I’m staying with my son in Santa Rosa and feel personally safe but it’s been a tough time thinking about what happens if the Park and the river community burns. Armstrong Park is the most incredible place to walk and contemplate. I have been so concerned about losing it. I usually walk there several times a week. Thanks to all of you who have worked to save this special area. When this all ends, hopefully your work will not be in vain. Brenda

  6. Dennis Olson says:

    Thanks, Bob… your on-the-ground reports and updates bring a valuable view to this possible disaster. We are about 12 miles away, but that seems too close. I bet the fire and dozer personnel are also appreciative of you, Tom and everyone else there for your help and knowledge. Stay careful!

  7. Nadine says:

    Thank you for this! Be safe.

  8. Vernon Hauser says:

    Hoping for the best for all of you there in dangers path . I to was wondering about the hermit. Take care and don’t wait to long to leave if it becomes necessary .

  9. Gumo says:

    I’m worried about the hermit.

  10. sgskyway says:

    Thanks for the update. I hope the fire will not come down to you. Stay safe!

  11. Arrowhead Gramma says:

    Thank you for the update. Have been checking the blog to see if you have been able to update this morning. Take care and praying that your family compound and your neighbors’ properties will all be safe.

  12. Mila says:

    Bob, thanks for the updates. You are in our thoughts and hearts. Hope that fire stays away but Please don’t stay longer than it is safe.

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