Reading about The Santa Rosa Fire with a heavy heart.
I know that country pretty well. I have driven up Highway 12 numerous times to wineries. For three years I cut across the Napa Valley and over into the Sonoma Valley as part of mydaily commute. For a short time, The Ravishing Mrs. TB and I lived just south of there in Rohnert Park. And even as late as earlier this summer, we drove through the very Northern Section to Jack London State Park and then down to Marin County.
To help you visualize, Santa Rosa is an actual city. When they talk about the Northern part of the city burning, picture an urban area like any other urban area you know, not some highly spread apart area. The fact that it has reached into a city like this is shocking. And the fires over in Napa will, undoubtedly, devastate the wine industry in the area (the one - and only -industry in that area).
At this time, they estimate 10 dead, 20,000 evacuated, and 1,500 structures destroyed - and I am betting that the devastation will go up.
Fire seems different, to me, than the risks of something like a hurricane. A hurricane we can now see coming some days before it actually arrives. But a fire can move quickly - terribly quickly - and leave absolutely nothing behind in the blink of an eye. A lifetime's worth of things and memories and investment and preparation can be gone in an instant.
There are some things that we can prepare for. And sometimes, there are some things for which we can simply weep.