I wish I was just packing for a vacation. This thought I must share with thousands of other individuals in our city at the south of Napa County. With two or three wildfires between 11 to 26 miles from where we live still at zero containment, things can move pretty quickly especially tonight and tomorrow when the wind speed picks up.
While we had a bit of a "breather", pun not intended, today, the biggest irony is our air quality being rated very poor as the normally very blue Napa sky was filled with light yellow orange haze and the smell of smoke even with all our windows and doors tightly shut.
But perspective, right? Those in the evacuation centers, those who have lost their homes, the firefighters who bravely battled the wildfires even as they received news of their own homes being destroyed by the several other wildfires all over North Bay - they are wishing they have our kind of problem. Most of these people were deep in their sleep with just about a five to 10-minute warning that a raging inferno was about to come their way.
The nearness of it all, the proximity, the imminent danger to the ones nearby (us), makes it real. And raw.
About three weeks ago, we took our son for an OT feeding evaluation to Napa's sister wine country in Sonoma County in the city of Santa Rosa which is more or less an hour from our house. I was so enthralled at how beautiful the place was. A huge chunk of it is now in ashes just like the many other areas in Napa.
Please, please, keep us in your thoughts and in your prayers especially for the next two to three days. There are many Filipinos who live in the affected areas who, just like everyone else, will now have to figure out how to rebuild when 10, 20, 30 years of their hard work and memories have all been reduced to ashes.
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