Just a quickie update, there has been a huge fire in the area where I live, but we are fine, the wind was both friend and foe, causing the fire to spread super fast, but blowing away from our neighborhood. The surrounding towns were badly affected by the fire. Fortunately there was no human injuries or loss of life, there were losses in pets, livestock and wildlife. The neighborhood as well as the surrounding towns were without power for a good 24 hours, phone service was interrupted as well. Of course we had power from our solar setup, but no internet or any other source of communications. I was pleasantly surprised when the power came back on yesterday, I didn't expect to see power restored until today. After the power had been out overnight, on Sunday after church, we decided to try to save the food in our neighbor's house, we hooked up 3-100 foot heavy extension cords, strung them between our place and our neighbor's place, we plugged up the refrigerator, I was happy to hear the inverter running hard but working fine. Later in the day, I brought my laptop down to my neighbor's house, I unplugged the fridge and plugged in the satellite internet and was able to send out a few emails to worried family and friends before plugging in the fridge back up.
A few hours later, late in the day, the power and phones came back on, I had gone to our little store in the neighborhood and picked up a couple of bags of ice for a friend, when I was at her house, the power came back on so I didn't need to get any more ice for myself. I still have no internet service at my place, I assume there was some damage somewhere up the line, I'm hoping it will come back up soon.
We have major gratitude to the volunteer fire fighters and other officials who worked so hard to put out this fire and get our power back up and running. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people who lost homes and other structures, animals (pets, livestock and wildlife).
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