After Fire Progress Report

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After Fire Progress Report

#1 Post by Shasta » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:19 pm

In light of the generosity shown to me by members of this forum after having been burned out in the Carr Fire here in Shasta County, California, I thought I should give a little progress report;

The Office of Emergency Services through a CalRecycle program has finished removing all the debris and ash from my .29 acre city lot. They used a huge excavator and a bunch of dump trucks, and took out a lot of soil. Initial soil testing found lead contamination (I wonder how that happened?) and so had to do a re-scrape and re-test, which passed. The lot was hosed down with a hydro-seeding product designed to stabilize the soil and prevent runoff, and straw wattles were placed around the circumference. I now have to wait for a release letter from OES before I can proceed. I had an arborist examine the eleven trees that we had, and they all have to come out. Then I have to replace the large amount of soil that was removed, which will require engineer testing for compaction and moisture content. We have a local architect drawing up house plans for a slightly better house than we had before. It looks like it will be at least a year or more before we can get everything permitted and built.
We have spent a very great deal of money trying to get our lives back to the way we were, and I am at last back to reloading ammo and hoping to resume bullet casting soon. I just have to figure out how I'm going to deal with several big chunks of debris encrusted lead that will require a lot of work to get back to usable condition.
Well, that's about it for now...

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#2 Post by Pitchy » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:42 pm

Thanks for the update, best to ya going forward Shasta.
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#3 Post by fordwannabe » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:57 pm

Still in my prayers.
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#4 Post by Pete44ru » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:16 pm


We're glad that at least you & yours seem to be in good health - sending kneemail. :)


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#5 Post by Griff » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:15 pm

Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that there's progress... even if slow.
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#6 Post by piller » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:08 am

Glad that the progress is forward. Keep your faith and don't worry. We are praying for you, too.
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#7 Post by OldWin » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:34 am

Thanks for the update. Been thinking of you.
Glad to see you are moving forward.
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#8 Post by earlmck » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:27 am

Much thanks for the update Shasta: I've been thinking about you and yours. Until this last couple of years I had no idea a wildfire could jump out of the puckerbrush and go on to take out whole subdivisions full of houses. Frightening to think how many millions of us there are out in the western third of the country who are vulnerable to such a fire event.
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#9 Post by Old No7 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:58 pm

Thanks for the update Tim.

And thanks again to all the Levergunners who contributed to helping out Tim and his family.

I can't imagine the HE11 that his family -- and far too many others in CA -- have had to endure............

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