Burning issues
Wednesday October 11th 2017, 10:26 pm
Filed under: History,Life,Wildlife

The light coming through the windows during the day was yellow with a tinge of orange. Outside looked like sunset at  2 pm. We got a reverse-911 call telling us just how bad the air quality was and to stay indoors if possible and where to find out details; the recording repeated the URL.

Your city or county probably has a reverse-911 warning system but it might only go to landlines; check, and sign up your cellphone if you can. There were people in Napa and Sonoma who didn’t get warned of the fire in the middle of the night because they had VOIP and their old landline phones didn’t work when the power company cut the electricity to keep a substation from blowing up.

My neighbor has a dead tree limb hanging off the power line just across the fence, and with the news that the fires apparently started with trees downed by the winds sparking the PG&E lines I am suddenly much more aware that yes, I do need to bother the city about that.

Meantime, the breeze made the air suddenly and startlingly visible: little swirls and twirls blowing southerly while I tried to process seeing open air moving (and did it settle downwards a bit at the end of the puff?) Later a larger swoop again paintbrushed the pointillist ash particles. And just like that, they disappeared back into the jaundiced background and held still again.

I left the door half open while filling the bird feeder and that was really dumb.

A scattering of dove wings as the hawk appeared out of nowhere and across the roof and away and wow did he move fast. The power of nature!

An evening commute thrown off by a bomb scare, to which the only rational response was an Oh come ON in the direction of the perpetrator.

Meantime, I got three pounds and 2500 yards of merino yarn wound, scoured, spun out, and drying for the morrow, and I am looking forward to working with simple wool and wood of my choosing: nature, domesticated.

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We got the call, too. I went out around dinner time and picked up some N95 masks. Best place to get them is a paint store. Orchard Supply said they sent most of theirs up to the fire area.

I have a hepa filter in my bedroom. Definitely using it tonight!

Comment by Anne 10.11.17 @ 11:26 pm

What poetry!!!

I pray your loved ones are safe…

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 10.12.17 @ 5:33 am

I am in San Francisco for a medical conference plus family wedding this weekend (Stockton area). Walking to and from the conference hotel from my brother-in-law’s has been interesting in light of the air quality, especially as I needed to climb up and over Nob Hill on my commute.

Shelved the plans to run tonight due to a crabby knee, but the red alert regarding the air quality would have put it on hold anyway. Even an easy paced walk is barely tolerable for my lungs.

Yesterday (clearer air) I ran to the waterfront (Crissy Park area) and caught the magnificent sunset over the hills next to the Golden Gate Bridge. While lovely it was sad to think that the cause of that beauty is someone else’s tragedy.

Comment by wildknits 10.12.17 @ 6:50 pm

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