Standing on him With the back porch peeking out through the gaps in the trees, across the valley, Liz Johnston could see a section of red light. The night sky above it shines bright orange. A few miles away, the mountain burns to the ground: flames burn down pine forests, juniper trees, and cedars.
It’s August 16, 2021 — mid-California fire season. Johnston is looking at the Caldor Fire, which in the next two months will burn 221,835 acres and evict people from the town of South Lake Tahoe. But here, in the suburbs of El Dorado County, 25 miles[40 km]east of Sacramento, no permit was issued.
Johnston’s house is located on a hill in a forest that is immediately green and dry. Next to the ship are flower pots, which he plans to use as a memorial to his mother, who died less than a month ago. The place does not feel good without its mother inside. Now the whole outside is wrong.
Johnston pulled out his phone to try to follow the fire route. They look on Facebook, which is amazing with the conversations of other locals who are looking for more. They start wandering around on Twitter. He sees tweets saying a fire is burning in the nearby town of Grizzly Flats, and he is starting to panic. Her heart pounded, she ran into the house and packed up her little Toyota CR-V stuff — photo albums, her father’s ashes, her mother’s old coat. He presses his cat, Chelsea, and dog, Niner, the car, climbs into the driver’s seat, and leaves.
He fled to the town of Diamond Springs, a few miles away, and stayed with his girlfriend. That night, most of the Grizzly Flats burns down. Authorities blocked roads in the area. Johnston looks at government maps showing the flames, but has not been updated in about 24 hours. On the district sheriff’s Facebook page, he finds a flight map that now includes his home. He thinks of all the things he could not get into his car. A large oak desk where his mother used to sit. A pile of his clothes that Johnston hopes to make a quilt. Fresh flowers for her memorial. Johnston plays a little Crossing the Animals trying to distract himself, but he will not stop thinking about his house.
Every year, North America burns down — millions of acres are burned by the flames. study season, very dense forests, and many people rural areas. When a fire breaks out, residents of the firefighting have to make the big decision to leave their homes, and when. Local and regional agencies may appear to be very slow in delivering changes. If the woods seem to be lonely on a good day, on the day of the fire the noise produces real fear.
Johnston states: “Everyone is so persistent that he decides what to do. He spends the next few days looking at his phone – constantly updating his #CaldorFire hashtag search, passing tweets about the last holiday in Tahoe, ignoring viewers just staring at the growing fire.