Thanks so much, Karla! We live north of Livermore, and our business is in La Porte, so we're in the clear. Except for the smoke!
Thank goodness for the rain yesterday. They're letting people go back to their property today.
We *were* on pre-evacuation alert for the past few days, but my husband was sure we'd be safe. Twenty years ago, he watched the north side of Livermore Mountain go up in flames, but since there's a mile or more of grazed pasture between us and the timber, it didn't come near.
We feel horrible for the people (and animals) who were affected. So many people lived in Rist & Poudre canyons, and many had built their own homes. Fortunately the wolf sanctuary was able to evacuate their animals: http://wolfsanctuary.net/
The woman who was killed was the ex-wife of one of my husband's oldest friends, so his daughter and her daughter grew up together. Very sad...she didn't get the call to evacuate because her cabin didn't have a phone. By the time people got there to tell her to leave, it was already too late. The winds were spreading the fire so quickly.
Those beautiful places will never be the same. The photos I've seen are devastating. 87,000 acres.