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A New Normal

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:52 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 12, 2021, 6:00 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

                               Alfred Tennyson

It seems as though we are finally beginning to behold a faint glimmer of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel as we slowly venture out into the softness of Spring. There are few colors as captivating as Spring green, few scents as intoxicating as Spring flowers, few sounds as sweetly stirring as returning robins’ songs. Life is pulsing, throbbing, exploding! Spring is Nature’s Big Bang; and it happens every year. The sun is back! Awakening from their winter’s rest, plants are bursting into bloom. Sap is rising, baby, and it’s rising fast.

A Sierra Spring never seems to last long enough. Just as we’ve settled into luxuriating in this lush and gentle clime, verdant fields quickly fade to muted shades of browns and golds. The earth grows hard and prickly underfoot. Songbirds wing away as flowers fade and clouds no longer dot the sky. A green and gentle world gives way to Summer.

Although a great time to enjoy being at the river or in the garden, a Sierra Foothill Summer is Fire Season, harsh and unforgiving. Every year the threat of wildfire becomes more immanent. The past two winters have been dry, very dry. This is the new normal. Now is the time to get busy. Create defensible space around your homes. Make sure access roads are safe and passable so that firetrucks can get in and you can get out. BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE! Keep burn piles small and attended at all times. Realize that one tiny match or cigarette butt carelessly tossed can cause a wildfire. Support your local fire department (see page 9). Be aware and be prepared.

Have a beautiful, happy Spring as you prepare for a beautiful, happy, fire-safe Summer!