As of this morning, the Summit Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains is now 100% contained!
Thursday that was hardly the case, as fierce winds pushed the blaze down into a populated area…and frighteningly near my home. My wife Kate was out of town, so I had to figure out what of our valued possessions might fit in the car, with the dogs and cats taking up the bulk of the room.
Fortunately, we didn’t lose our home and didn’t need to evacuate. sadly, not everyone living near me was as lucky. Our community lost at least 30 homes, and several fire fighters were injured. It’s a little exasperating when the media fails to mention WHERE a fire fighter with a burn injury will be treated; Yes, you guessed it: Valley Medical Center is one of two burn trauma centers in California north of Los Angeles…and folks should know that.
Santa Cruz County, where I live, has NO trauma centers at all – and neither does Monterey County. As the air begins to clear and those who lost homes begin to plan their futures, we need to thank VMC for being there for a huge number of us in northern California. And for me, I’ll keep thanking our fire fighters – heroes all – when I see them. Cal Fire and our local volunteers saved my home this week. My gratitude is beyond measure.