The changing moods of those who have remained behind

Editor’s note: Ken Donnell, a Greenville resident and businessman, has shared his experiences with Plumas News readers. Here is his latest post from tonight, July 26. 
By Ken KD Donnell
Special to Plumas News
The past two days have been very good for Greenville.  An inversion layer has held down fire activity so that there has been little or no expansion of the fire footprint.  Equally important, this inversion layer has permitted firefighters to build and strengthen containment lines. The mood all over Greenville is cautiously hopeful.  
 
The inversion layer proved to be much heavier and longer lasting that many weather forecasters had predicted. As I write these words, the inversion layer appears to still be intact. As we move into Tuesday, there is an increasing chance of thunderstorms, including the localized high winds which often accompany such thunderstorms.  But after viewing the latest fire map and speaking directly with a CalFire official earlier today, I am confident firefighters can contain any breakout from intermittent and localized winds.  Yes, extremely high and sustained winds could quickly bring the fire to Greenville, Crescent Mills, Canyon Dam, or Taylorsville, But I suggest we enjoy a moment of high hopes unless the weather and winds change significantly.
 
I have made a change to the process by which I send out text message updates.  Rather than do the very time consuming cut & paste process of sending messages to individual persons, I am now sending these text updates to three persons who are acting as amplifiers to forward my updates via text to anyone who requests..  Anyone who wants to receive these text updates should send a text message to one or more of the following three persons, and specifically state “Continue Greenville Text updates”:
Debbie Cook – 530-518-3089
Dennis McCourt – 408.832.4581
Sherilyn Schwartz – 661.435.7250
 
I have lately been hesitant to drive around Greenville and the valley since so many out-of-area law enforcement personnel arrived.  While these are all really kind and well meaning officers, they do not recognize locals the way Plumas sheriff deputies do. I did not want to run afoul of some well intentioned out-of-area officer who mistook me for a bad guy.  But today, everything feels stable enough that I make an extensive tour of Greenville and the North Valley Road down past the trailer park.  Everything looked peaceful, but felt so strange with so many local residents gone.  
 
I find it very interesting to take note of how the tension levels have risen and fallen in Greenville during the past several days.  Early days of the fire were taken calmly by most persons.  But when Indian Falls began to burn, a strong panic began to engulf us.  This panic was replaced by a sense of stoic determination, and that stoic determination has now evolved into confidence and hope.  Those of us who remain in Greenville are beginning to become bonded in a way so that we almost share the same feelings, troubling or hopeful.  
 
What I find most encouraging is that the mood of everyone who remains in Greenville is now positive and cooperative.  More than once in recent years, I have been deeply saddened when divisiveness and anger became dominant in Greenville..   I hope and pray that we are finally becoming tired of such negativity and conflict.  I hope that, in the future, we can come together as a cohesive and united community to make Greenville an even more fantastic place to live and work.  Yes we have our differences, and yes we will always have our disagreements. But for every way in which we are different and divided, there are ten ways in which we are united and one. Please join me in focusing on the ways which we are united, and work together to create a future Greenville which celebrates peace and harmony and avoids division and discord.  It is the future our children and grandchildren need and deserve.