Letter to the Editor: Dixie may burning our county, but it’s bringing out the best in us

This dang Dixie. Each day, I feel utterly helpless. Im trying not to let my grief over my communitys epic loss turn to rage. I may be a transplant from Texas, but I love the Sierra Nevada and the beauty of Plumas County. Its my home now.

The last few mornings, Ive wakened to blue skies and felt surges of hope. Then the wind comes, and my feels turn to fear. Another neighboring community is in the crosshairs of that damned Dixie. Its truly a monster.

Quincy is spared … so far. I feel guilty enjoying the woods and streams of its nearby wilderness when so many fellow residents have lost theirs. I weigh whether to post the beautiful images I capture here against the possibility of hurting those whove lost everything.

The images encourage me. Maybe they do the same for others. So I post. Photography and writing are my therapy. So is hiking and dipping in these lovely forests and rivers that surrounded us a mere few weeks ago.

Some days it feels like the other day; at other times, it seems months ago that we were gearing up for post-COVID camping trips, lake outings, and Sierra fun. It was the new roaring twenties” here in paradise. Then yet another fire crashed the party.

Yet, its not all bad. Amid the fears and tears, horror and sorrow, many are showing amazing love and kindness toward their neighbors. Ive realized that Plumas County is home to some tough and loving people. Who says the Old West grit is gone?

Plumas people are fiercely protective of their forests and the folks around them. Its been a joy to behold the ways in which so many are helping others. When people are tried by fire, fear, loss and grief, the result is usually love.


Plumas Strong. It isnt just a cute sentiment—its for real, man. Lets roll.

Patrick Luscri