Nov 11 2018

Wildfire Disaster. Evenfall Studios and the Camp Fire in NorCal.

Published by at 6:14 pm under Uncategorized

I really don’t know where to begin. This isn’t easy to write.

Evenfall Studios is located in Paradise California.

By now, you may have heard in the news about the Wildfire that has been called the Camp Fire which is raging in Butte County California.

At 6:29 AM on Thursday Morning November 8th 2018, a Wildfire started in the Feather River Canyon up highway 70 near Camp Creek and east of Paradise, California. The fire started during a National Weather Service Red Flag Warning, in 30 to 50 MPH winds that had been blowing through the night. In about an hour, the fire had entered Paradise, California.

My wife and I packed as much as we could, which was not much, and evacuated. There was very little time to determine what was happening, if there was a threat to us and respond. I sent my wife out ahead of me about 30 minutes before I left. Power went out before she left and really slowed things as I packed. A Sheriff Deputy came in the driveway to tell me to go Now. The smoke was inundating, blocking out the sun completely. It was dark as night except for the glow of fire. The fire was close and visible to me as I left town. I didn’t drive back into sunlight until I was over 15 miles crow fly from the fire. Thankfully We are safe.

The fire traveled over 20 straight line miles west in about 12 hours Thursday. It was like a Blacksmith Forge with the blower on high and all the coal it could burn for 18 hours in Paradise. Paradise is a mountain Town with a population of 28,000 citizens. Cal Fire, the California Firefighting Agency has reported that the town is 90-95 Decimated. Over 6450 Family Homes and 260 Commercial Buildings have been counted destroyed as of Friday the 9th. They estimate the number will increase. So far they have found 23 souls lost. Officials have said that the Camp Fire is now the most devastating fire in California history. We are deeply concerned for all 50,000 plus people who have been evacuated because of the Camp Fire.

At the moment, we do not have any information regarding the status of our home and shop/business, but information directly from first responders who professionally fight fire say it is the most destructive fire they have ever seen. First responders were only able to focus on evacuations and saving lives the first day of the fire. Many of them had to shelter in place as the fire overran them and the people they were rescuing. We are very thankful for the many, many people they were able to save.

Footage we have seen on the news is shocking. Paradise, California is decimated. The search engines are an exhaustive resource for information about the Camp Fire Wildfire which is still actively burning, and the Reports that are available regarding the Status of Paradise, CA. We have not been told when we will be able to return and assess our Home and Shop. The authorities have not been able to determine the status of every property and who lived there. The waiting is very difficult. Based on the recovery status of the Tubbs Fire that burned the Santa Rosa California Area in Early October 2017, The recovery of Paradise could take 18 months on the early side, and fully more than five years. It will be a long term recovery in a best case situation.

Evenfall Studios has been my full time job for the last 10 years. My wife and I have been very thankful for all our clients and the support of the woodworking community. For now, we cannot take further orders for Hand Made Tools and Products. I have lost the usage of my shop and perhaps the shop and my tools themselves. As we understand it, wildfire can miss some structures, but with the amount and type of devastation that the authorities have detailed, we have a very guarded hope that our home and shop is still standing.

We do still offer our line of Shop Vacuum upgrade hoses and accessories, which are drop shipped from our wholesaler. If you are interested in purchasing commercial grade upgrades for your Shop Vacuums, I am working to get set up to forward orders for those to our wholesaler soon.

If you would like to donate to help us in this trying time, please click the following link:

We thank you in advance for any help at all.

It is a busy time for us, we have only what we could pack quickly. We are safe and living out of our suitcases, still trying to figure out what we need. There is much to do. If you need contact with me, Please click the Contact Us Links found all over our website, and I’ll try to respond at my earliest opportunity.

Thank you again for the opportunity to make woodworking tools for your shop and your support!


Rob Hanson

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