It started with me. On a Thursday, I had a dentist appointment. Fortunately, it was by my place, because as I was driving to the appointment, I saw the smoke. When I was done, I went home to find out the fire was a couple of miles away. I decided to pack up and go stay with friends across town. Turns out, I was under mandatory evacuation. Not sure when that went into effect, but good thing I packed up and made plans. Actually, I’m not sure I could have gotten home if I’d worked until my normal quitting time.
While some homes in the area were burned, it was a small number, and the fire never got any closer to my place. The evacuation was lifted by the next night, although I did stay away one more night, going home on Saturday.
And it was Saturday that my family started packing up to evacuate from their homes due to a fire in northern California. They all went to stay with my uncle and aunt a few hours away. The evacuation was huge, so the traffic was bad, but they made it. It was really scary with huge winds up there, but God and the firefighters keep the fire from burning too many structures again. It could have been bad, but it wasn’t.
My brother has just moved into his new home after the fires two years ago burned his house down, so this was extra hard on everyone. But again, God protected them and so many others.
So that was the end of my October. Hopefully November is quieter.