The Rim Fire is a little too close to home. Not just because I think Tuolumne County is a drier, more southern version of Plumas County, but literally, it is too close to home.
Home for me is Sonora, the county seat of Tuolumne County, and, coincidentally, I went and visited there this last weekend.
A fire of this magnitude is surreal to most of us. The extent of my experience with fires is the smoke of some other community’s fire that blows its way up the Sierra.
However, after spending a few days in Tuolumne County, I saw firsthand how a helpless community reacts to such a frightening force of nature.