It's been a long night. To make a long story short and put into perspective...evacuation of family to SF went smooth. I was in traffic nearly on the way to my friends dad's house. I stopped. He's a stubborn old European guy from Bosnia. Very old world and he's served in Tito's army. He's seen worse
We begged him to come with me but he insisted on staying. His son called, his daughter called...we debated for a few hours. At that point I felt safer waiting it out.
I had to go with my gut. The sounds of evacuation announcements all sounded but the region was quite specific. Us guitarists you know we have good ears. It was if those announcements were nodes being pinged. I had to go with my gut.
I rationalized that panicked motorists all heading out at the same time could be a liability in itself. It put me in a state of fear and I reasoned that I could not maintain a safe logical frame of mind to venture to the road. Now I feel calmer that I can see the sky again. Roosters are going off and owls are hooting. A few birds are around.
Stars can now be seen. The moon is no longer red and it looks more normal. Needless to say it's been a long night...although sleep is a good idea, I'm waiting till sunrise to go canvas the town and get some insights. National guard has been deployed here. I also rationalized that if the guard didn't cordially tell me to get the hell out, that evacuation might not be needed.
It was a very smart effort to call on evacuations in day light. Citizen journalists and social media were far more effective at communication that local law enforcement. All they kept saying was "it's coming."
I couldn't let myself get caught up in the fear. It would have been toxic to the mind. I saw the same hell the previous nights, but they just kept going making it feel a small amount better. I had to put most faith in the fire crews. If they can go on 23 hours of sleep, so can I. It's been a remarkable effort and it I think we dodged a bullet.