According to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center, The Little Valley fire was holding at 3,400 acres burned and 20 percent containment, as of this morning. After over 20 hours of persistent rain, we are still only at about 20% containment as of 1 this afternoon.
The wind is down. The road has been re-opened to properties on this north end of the valley, so the area of burn is further and further away from us. The south end of the valley is still closed. Tonight's reports expect full containment by Wednesday night.
The fire no longer seems to be growing much, our home is no longer likely in imminent threat. I plan to unpack our evacuation bags tomorrow morning. However, 22 or 23 homes (I've read both numbers in various reports) were destroyed and close to 100 people with surviving homes are still displaced as the hot spots continue out of control and the 1,000+ person fire crew now copes with flash flooding in some of their fire combat areas, so many folks sill aren't allowed back home yet.
Two family historical ranches were utterly destroyed, the main houses as well as all the outbuildings and vegetation. The home my mother-in-law spent every summer of childhood, as well as the neighboring property where her mother (my husband's grandmother) grew up.
Unless some significant news warrants an update, this will be my last fire-related post.
We are safe.
Update: Stroke of Grace has become In Darkness Sing and has moved to JenniferSaake.com.
Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.
Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Stroke of Grace became In Darkness Sing in early 2018 and has moved, along with all five of Jennifer's active blogs, to one location at JenniferSaake.com.
Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.