As a lover of nature and our beautiful landscape, it has been so much fun riding my horse this year. Unfortunately this means everything is also dry. I lived in Ramona area when the Cedar and Witch Creek fire consumed more than 500,000 acres of land in the Witch Creek Fire. This does not count for the 1,500 homes lost, property and life. Many people went through the big Cedar Fire and rebuilt, and if they were burned down a second time, many of them did not rebuild. It is undescribable and if you add livestock, horses, camel that are difficult to transport at the last minute and to where, who knows, this compounds the fright and loss in life and property.
We don’t go to trails that are super windy and with limited access. Fortunately our horses don’t wear shoes, so we reduce the possibility of sparks. Last week we rode in Cuyamaca and it was very windy. You can still see the devastation from the previous fires as a reminder that our San Diego backwoods ecosystem is still fragile.
Please be thoughtful during this dry period, we may still get rain and it would be terrible to go through another fire like we did with the last two. The Governor has declared a drought in California, which I hope means money for additional fire crews, spotter planes and tankers to jump on it before it rages out of control.