Last week, for the third time in four years, we received evacuation orders due to approaching wildfires. In 2017 and 2019 my ace support crew and I loaded her car with photo albums and other important items. She and our elderly dog took off for safer venues. I stayed behind, deployed hose lines, and rode out those two fires. In 2017 advancing flames consumed homes and other structures within about a half mile of us. In 2019 the wildfire didn’t come as close.
On Sunday, 27 September we began monitoring a fire—formally designated the Glass Fire—on the far side of the Napa Valley, about ten miles from our home in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. It seemed quite distant, and not a threat to us.