Here is the current perimeter of the Valley Fire, according to the USGS’ GEOMAC viewer:
As you see, no places are identified there. One in particular, however, is of extremely special interest to me: Harbin Hot Springs. That’s where I met my wife and made more friends than I can count. It is, or was, one of the most lovely places on Earth, inhabited and lovingly maintained by wonderful people.
I just matched up a section of the map above with Google Maps’ Earth view, and see that Harbin and its neighborhood are in the perimeter:
After seeing this picture here, which looks northwest from downtown Middletown…
… I suspected the worse.
And now comes news that Harbin is “pretty much destroyed.” Damn.
Other places in the perimeter — or so it appears to me (please don’t take this as gospel):
- Outer edges of Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake communities
- Parts of Whispering Pines, Cobb, Holbergs and Glenbrook
- Areas adjacent to McCreary Lake and Detert Reservoir
Watch here for official information about the fire.
Any idea how the Loch Lomond community is doing?
Another web mapping site is the Fire Enterprise Geospatial Portal at http://EGP.nwcg.gov with a public link at the top of the page.
Other public fire resources are at: http://www.lapeltz.com/?page_id=210
Harbin and Hobergs are burned down, Loch Lomond is currently ok. I live in Kelseyville which is a few miles north of the fire shown.
I have a small facility next to the Coyote Valley Elementary School. Does anyone know if the school is still standing?
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