Theresa (camprunamuck) is on Level 1 Evacuation notice. She lives not only on the east side but up in the mountains close to where the fire started. You can read more about it on her blog. Send positive thoughts her way and for the other 200 homes in danger at the moment. Up until today each time I looked at fire info online it seemed like the fire doubled in size - it's now at 32,000+ acres and only 10% contained. The heavy smoke today in the entire region helped keep the temperatures down and keep more lightning at bay. Keep the firefighters in your thoughts too, they're incredible and are dealing with horrendous heat fighting many fires in our area. (this picture was from a fire website, I can't see this from where I live)
So far we on the west side have been spared the dry lightning storms but it doesn't stop us from thinking about the possibility of a destructive fire and having a fire plan in place. I heard a copter fly over our house mid-day, no bucket on it, not sure if it was looking for fires or what, haven't heard anything since...which is good. We're only halfway through fire season which usually ends in October. Many times we'll get a day or two of rain in the end of September, not enough to end fire season but a welcome relief.
So to make fire season even worse we're in our second year of drought and have been dealing with record high temperatures. Here in Grants Pass July was a record setter for heat, hottest July ever (since records were kept). We had 15 days of 100 degrees or more and the rest of the month wasn't much below 100. It's been brutal. No wonder I've only gotten 2 dye days in this summer, the only 2 days when the temperature was close to 90.
On the fiber front - not much happening here other than a bit of knitting. It's just been too danged hot to expend energy winding a warp. I'm starting to give thought to holiday gifts. I have been getting the house ready for interior painting which starts tomorrow.