Taylor Creek Fire
Daily Blessings Farm was threatened by the Taylor Creek Fire this summer as it moved within three miles of the farm. The fire, caused by lightning, continues to burn north of us and we remain at a Level 1-"Be Prepared" evacuation status while the Klondike fire moves towards us from the opposite direction. This experience has created a great appreciation for what fire fighters do on a daily basis. Shan Creek Church took the lead to collect resources for the fire crews as they prepared and protected our homes for the worst. Local residents packed grab and go meals. provided personal hygiene toiletries, and treatments for poison oak (300+ cases), heat blisters and bee stings for fire fighters for almost two weeks. We were very happy to participate by collecting funds at the farm's honor stand and providing fresh cucumbers and watermelon for the crews. If you haven't experienced a fire threat, I can tell you it is truly an emotional roller coaster and forces you to prioritize what's important in your life. Knowing that our evacuation status can change in an hour or remain the same for days provides a constant stream of stress. There were many sleepless nights as we watched the flames appear in darkness. We continue to be vigilant and monitor the status of both fires, but my attention can finally return to crop production. Our farm stand was closed for two weeks when the National Guard enforced a "residents only" access to our area and I'm a bit behind with planting and harvesting because the air quality limits my time in the field. So far however, the plants seem to be enduring the dusting of ash and limited light fairly well so far. In fact, the falling ash is helping to control aphids!