There is a fire about 28 miles south of my property. It is close but they believe they will get it contained. At this moment the wind is blowing toward the southwest and away from my property.
I have my truck ready to leave if it turns this way or if sparks ignite additional fires.
It is very dry and forest fires are always a concern for people living in wooded areas. Except for hilltops like mine, the trees have mostly been cut or bulldozed away in this area.
I am pragmatic and I have very few things I can’t live without, but I sure prefer this fire goes out sooner than later and not push me into evacuation with a burned-out trailerstead. Even worse, the forest would not recover until long after my normal lifespan.
Most places have potential for disaster, and in 1958 our house on the Oregon coast burned down. At age 4, I imagined I was helping dad build our new house. Magical thinking, I’m sure.
1964 we lost our home on the California Coast to a tsunami caused by a big earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska. I was age 10!
I have never been as attached to personal goods as most people, and was pretty ruthless on downsizing… I gave all the sentimental stuff to my son who is very attached to his physical memory-reminders.
Disaster is something we all need to prepare for, and have a plan in place for evacuation. Perhaps the most important thing is resilience and to enjoy recreating your life anew. It is just a new adventure.