Smoke rolled in with the cold air on New Year's Day, many people in the town hit a bit of a panic button, but we were already used to the smoke rolling in with the fog on cooler nights. Warmer nights the smoke stayed away, but with all the fires in the state, naturally people felt edgy. Milch just had a short day after our beautiful NYE dinner, so we were recovering at Rocky Valley Dam for the afternoon, we may have had a sneaky few beverages and were looking forward to the start of the new year.
However, January 2nd came with a mandatory evacuation notice for all guests and staff. We sent our staff off the hill along with about 2500 guests in the next 24 hours and watched the best summer we had ever had go with them.