On the day of the big “Camp” fire in Paradise, we finished the deck in Canyon. It was a spur-of-the-moment impulse a couple days earlier to abandon the idea of a building that would ruin the view from the little deck. Realizing we now have sufficient, heatable indoor space, and the on-demand water heater, bathtub and shower situated outside, it no longer made sense. Suddenly we were seeking and gathering boards from around the property, sanding them down and fitting them together somewhat at random. The smell of smoke came in early on the morning of November 8, but a little research showed a brushfire near Joaquin Miller park. Around noon a thicker wave came through, but we worked through it and finished attaching all the boards by early afternoon- The smoke got thicker, and over a week later was so bad, funneled through the delta and trapped over the bay area, that N95 masks were required.
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