The problem is we just don’t have enough time. You can say that about a lot of things in life, including life itself, but I’m being more specific here. Fire season is just around the corner, and we have only a couple of months left to prepare for what portends to be yet another sizzling hot summer in which a single errant spark can set off a lethal 100,000-acre conflagration at any moment.
Here in Whitmore, in the forested foothills 30 miles east of Redding, we’re preparing for the worst. Many of the 1000 or so residents who live in the Whitmore area’s 200 square miles understand we’re living on borrowed time. It’s been more than 15 years since the last major fire in Whitmore proper, a relatively small 1000-acre blaze that burned down the bar. Sadly, it has never been rebuilt.
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