Friday, July 4, 2008

Jamesburg action

We've just had a visit from Steve, John & Ryan (from the right in the photo) from Alameda County Fire. They're part of a California OES strike team that is visiting houses on this side of the fire to check fire preparedness and to do what they can to improve things.

The team of 5 engines started at the top of the hill and has been working its way down. Today they rolled through Jamesburg and the Alameda crew drove up our drive.

After a short tour of the site they cut back a couple of overhanging trees very artistically. A crew from Oakland (Jay, Mark & Justin) then came and helped them clear some ground next to the zendo and after a short drink break they were off to their next site with our gratitude.

They left us with a list of things to do which we'll get to over the weekend, though moving the wood-pile leaning against the zendo might have to wait a while - it does have a metal roof and a bare-earth fire break.

A short while later a water tanker drove up the hill spraying the road with water to keep down the dust. Hallelujah!


Author: Maia Duerr said...

Great gratitude for bodhisattva firefighters!

Anonymous said...

Many blessings to you from Minnesota. I listen to the news with great anticipation.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that there are so many people working to save Tassajara. It was so influential in my upbringing, and I don't want the lovely buildings wasted in fire.

I did hear a report about a gel that can be sprayed on the sides of buildings and kept moist to prevent stray sparks from catching. I don't know if that's been considered, but it seemed like a very good idea to me.