We would most appreciate some rain dances tonight and tomorrow, focusing your attention on the Camp Sherman area in central Oregon. Rain prayers are fine as an alternative. Rain magic…rain wishes…rain sorcery…rain making. Anything that will put out the Booth Fire before it torches Camp Sherman, and the cabin we own with three other people on the Metolius River, do it.
The weekly newspaper in a nearby town (Sisters), the Nugget, has been doing a fine job reporting on the fire via their web site. Camp Sherman has been evacuated as a precautionary measure, even though the fire is still several miles away. Through a fellow cabin owner, we’ve seen emails from a Camp Sherman resident who lives in the Metolius Meadows development near our cabin. It’s sad to think of what it must be like to have to pack up what you can in your car, and head off to a shelter or motel in Sisters.
This resident said that firefighters told them they will work to save their home, because it is on the meadow side of the road. A home across the street that abuts national forest land has been otherwise triaged—if the fire gets to Camp Sherman, that home will be allowed to burn. This person’s opinion was that the cabins in Tract C, where our cabin is located, probably will be OK. I don’t know why they said this, but I hope it is true. Tract C is between Metolius Meadows and the river, so maybe if the fire is stopped at the housing development, it will be shunted off to the sides, and miss Tract C.
Well, it makes you appreciate being safe and sound at home, when people in Camp Sherman have had to leave their houses, and may never see them again. We’ve come to love Camp Sherman, and the wonderful people who live there. Do those rain dances!