It’s been an unusually dry December in California. Usually that’s a bad thing since we only have rain in maybe three or four months in a good year. This year, we are a little relieved to have the extra lead time. The main work of recovery after our disastrous wildfires has been erosion control. The rain delay gave us enough time for the enormous job of rolling out wattles, strawing hillsides and securing vulnerable hillsides against the torrential rains that we hope we’ll get a little later on.
Now we’ve got the rain. Not as extensive as usual, not enough to where we think we might avoid another drought year, but we are ready for it, at least at the Rancho.
So we’re hoping for some real rain now. Bring it on. Because we’ve had a little bit of rain. And it’s astounding what it’s done to our fire scorched county. Everywhere is carpeted in fresh green grass that seemingly came up overnight with the first sprinkles we had.
Of greatest concern are the areas where the fire crews cut a fire line, plowing up any vegetation with bulldozers.
But we can only do what we can do on our own land. Hopefully Mother Nature can do a lot of repair work. She seems to be making a mighty effort.
So we are praying for rain now and it looks like January will deliver.
I only just returned to reading blogs after a lengthy absence, and I was sorry to read that the fires touched your rancho. My cousin and I went to Calistoga soon after the fires to inject some money into the local economy and we were met on all side by both gratitude for our support and stories about the devastation. Good on you to try to control the erosion as much as you can. Sounds crazy but if you need volunteer help, I think I could spare a day or two of labor.
Thanks so much. We’ve just finished 99% of our erosion control work. Now we are just sitting back and enjoying the rain. I think Mother Nature will be taking it from here.
Today, the rain is coming in earnest! I’m thinking of you and all your preparations – fingers crossed that all goes well!