Now JENSEN Camp........there's a perjorative.
The buzz from above is that the people on the Mountain are being completely unreasonable and risking the lives of the glorious and valiant firefighters for the satisfaction of their own egos.......WHEN THE FIRE IS ONLY A MILE AWAY!!!
Ths sky is falling, the sky is falling.
The first page of the Kern County Emergency Planning guide has a WWII era poster: Remain Calm".
A quick check from the satellite reveals that the fire is actually either five and a half miles away, or five miles away......across a giant canyon, a number of firelines, etc. Lambert Flats is about a mile and a half from the active front of the fire in the White Oaks area. My rule line runs from the end of Laurel Springs Road to the top of Miller Canyon. The line to the White Oaks is about the same distance.
Here is the 3D version.
Actual calm, wise and experienced local heads point out that in past fire and water emergencies, the calmer, wiser authorities have arranged daily caravans in and out of the area affected. People could get their own supplies, go to work, go to doctors, etc. What would that be like?
As of this morning we have three deputy sheriffs parked in front of The Store. Our supply runs would seem to be somewhat curtailed. Gasoline, propane, pet foods, staples will still go up through a work-around.
And, please.....get your panties out of a bunch. Toddie Springs has retired as relief driver, by popular demand. He was kind enough to donate use of his truck when a local lunatic took the keys to my Bronco as a souvenir. His intimate knowledge of the local terrain was a plus....I thought. Turns out his knowledge is a little TOO intimate for some folks. Everyone should realize that we having going in as a team......
The practical problems presented by the blockade have continued to be solved by our native ingenuity. Bernardus Winery had umpteen barrels of the new chardonnay is desperate need of topping off with inert gas to maintain their integrity. Let us just say that it was taken care of. With the number of vineyards in the affected area........let us know if you need something done. We have an experienced winery and vineyard hand inside the lines.