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November 11th, 2018

I love you, Dad

 On Veterans Day I'm remembering the deep patriotism of my father and his 35 years in the Air Force. Thank you, Dad, for your loyalty and love for God, country and family. I miss you every single day.

On another note, as some of you may know, we are ON FIRE here. Our ridge is the third over from Paradise and we're watching closely and with fear. I evacuated Thursday night but am home now. So many lives lost, the town of Paradise gone. The valley is filled with smoke and is dark as night. You can't go outside. The ash is falling like snow. The town of Chico is frozen with grief and fear. I held a weeping stranger in a smoke-filled Safeway on Friday. It took her eight hours to get down from Paradise with just herself, her 91 year old father and an ancient dog. This is a twenty minute drive.

It's not who do you know who lost their home, but rather who do you know who didn't lose everything? More than twenty friends who are now homeless, Kidling2's girlfriend's father lost his home and belongings and was one of the ones who had to abandon his truck on the road and run. We have 20,000 people in town with just the clothes on their back and nothing else. Keep these folks in your thoughts and in your prayers.

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picture post - Camp Fire

 I know there are some unbelievable images of this terrible fire out there, but here are some I took -

This is on my way to my mother's home Thursday morning. That's the smoke plume just before noon.

The corner right before entering my mom's development.

Never in all my life have I seen something like this. Photos absolutely cannot express what it's like to see an entire town burning to the ground in the middle of the night. I had to leave here Thursday late and saw this just before I got to my mother's. I drove over and picked her up and took her back to see this. We sat on the side of the road with so many other cars, eleven at night, and watched Paradise burn.

The next morning it was black outside until  mid-afternoon. Here's some of the ash on my car. 

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