The Almeda Fire has made world headlines as it began in Ashland, Oregon on September 8, 2020 & ravaged the nearby towns of Phoenix & Talent, driven by high winds & low humidity. As of September 15, 2020 it is 100% contained. This is one neighborhood that was scorched as seen five days after the burn. It has been a long work week dealing with local residents as well as unwanted looters. Another costly fire, the South Obenchain Fire, is burning the north end of our valley. I personally had been on level 3 evacuation for two days w/ the fire line coming within 300 feet of my house before firefighters got it contained. But I know several friends who lost everything. Entire county even if nowhere near fires is on level 1 evacuation at current moment. Worst air quality, though most of the foggy skies I believe are from the massive Slater Fire burning southwest of here. Entire West Coast is on flames from mega-size fires. This location I am keeping unmarked, yet we were called here to trash-water pump out a nearby sooty swimming pool as part of the recovery search for bodies. With over 50 people unaccounted for, they may have fled & not reported in or may have perished in the fire. Fortunately this swimming pool didn't reveal any human remains. Bulldozers & haz-mat personnel elsewhere in neighborhood.
Welcome to Earth! It's a planet having an iron core, with two-thirds of its surface covered by water. Earth orbits a local star called the Sun, the light of which generates the food supply for all the millions of species of life on earth. The dominant species on Earth is the human being, and you're one of the six billion of them! Humans have iron in their blood, and their bodies are composed of two-thirds water, just like the planet they live on. The physical composition of the Earth, its people and everything on it contains an electro-magnetic field which is not yet fully understood. Theories and legends about the origin of Earth, people and life itself abound, however they are not commonly discussed. The bulk of earth's people spend their time immersed in daily activities, leaving the big questions for later. "Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How will we get there?" Many religions and philosophies have attempted to answer these questions over the years, but so far none has given an answer that everyone on the planet can accept. In contrast to all the disagreement, the similarities among people on earth are far, far greater than any differences. Welcome again to Earth! Enjoy your stay, and try to stay calm.