"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!" - Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine
Offer shelter to a friend, her family and pets as a wildfire approached her rural house.
Moments to offer, 20 minutes to hear the details about their fire preparations.
We have friends who live in a steep canyon east of Santa Maria. When a fire breaks out in the nearby forest or wilderness, their home (and those of some 150 other families) is always at risk. They have horses, dogs, cats, chickens, goats and ducks, not to mention the two children and three adults who would need housing should the area be evacuated or, even worse, actually burn. We don't have a lot of room, and horses and goats could be housed here, but we could make room for most everyone else if push came to shove.
Would we be comfortable? No. Would that matter? No.
As of Tuesday, August 18, 2009, this fire has burned more than 88,000 acres.