Extreme Wildfires Update

Fast-spreading wildfire forces evacuations in Northern California

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Fast-spreading wildfire forces evacuations in Northern California

Alayna Shulman and Damon Arthur. USA TODAY•August 22, 2019

REDDING, Calif. – A fire that was “spreading rapidly” Thursday morning in Northern California burned 600 acres and forced numerous evacuations, including at the initial shelter set up for residents at the area’s community college.

The Mountain Fire, named for its location near Bear Mountain and Dry Creek roads in Jones Valley northeast of Redding, started a little after 11 a.m. Pushed by strong winds and high temperatures, the fire started threatening structures within minutes of the initial report. It grew to about 1 square mile in about an hour.

The fire comes a year after the Carr Fire ripped through the Redding area, destroying over 1,000 homes and leading to the deaths of eight people.

Derek Chumney said he had just returned home from a dentist appointment when he saw the Mountain Fire bearing down on his home.

“When I pulled into the driveway, I saw fire over here and fire over here and fire over there,” Chumney said.

humney didn’t have time to grab anything except his cats and his son, who was wearing shorts without a shirt or shoes.

Chumney’s mother, Rhea Griffith, said she got to the house a little later and it was gone.

“The only thing you could recognize was the partially melted swamp cooler,” Griffith said.

A plume of smoke from the fire drifted into Redding, where Chumney, Griffith, her grandson and a friend booked a room at a Motel 6.

Shasta College in northeast Redding served as the initial shelter for evacuees, but it had to be evacuated as well shortly after 1 p.m. Another shelter at Crosspointe Community Church in south Redding had already been set up when the college got evacuated.

Shasta College spokesman Peter Griggs said the majority of the campus had been evacuated by 2:40 p.m. That including children at the school’s early childhood education center.

Griggs didn’t know how many people were on campus at the time the evacuation was ordered. Classes were canceled, and Griggs said he didn’t know when they would resume.

Meanwhile, about 50 students at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro school needed transportation after two bus routes were blocked because Highway 299 was closed in response to the fire.

Foothill Principal Steve Abbott said classes and athletic activities weren’t canceled, but the school was still on high alert.

“We definitely have major concerns right now, especially for the safety of the students who are in or near those burn areas,” Abbott said. “The fire is about 9.5 miles from us and we don’t see any smoke above our heads so the school is safe right now. We are working to make sure that those students get to their parents safely.”

Accoarding to the California Highway Patrol’s incident information website, the fire might have started at a houseboat on nearby Lake Shasta and was “spreading rapidly.”

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office started calling for evacuations for numerous roads in quick succession, urging residents in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts to leave if they felt threatened instead of waiting for the office’s call.

“This situation is very fluid and rapidly changing, if you do not see your road listed but feel you are in danger YOU MAY EVACUATE,” a post from the office reads.

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