We received an evacuation warning this afternoon from the Butte County Sheriff, due to a 15 acre fire about a mile away, in the next canyon over to the east. It was moving fast in our direction, so they brought in an air tanker and helos to dump retardant and stop the spread. Success! All warnings and orders have been lifted for a few hours now and hand crews are mopping up.
I missed out on all the drama – took a nap and woke up after it was all over. My wife heard some stuff going on, though we are under multiple flight paths for tankers and helos during fire season, so she thought it was for the Dixie Fire.
Here are two pictures of a MD-11 VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) over the house, headed to Firebase Chico for refueling while fighting the Dixie Fire, and one picture of the nearly full moon rising this evening.