Monday, October 22, 2007

FIRE - update 4:05pm

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I'm here at home. We were without power for a little while. I was going through withdrawal from the news on t.v. The skies above are fairly clear. Smoky, but not so dark and scary as earlier today. The wind is still blowing like all get out, but no fire near us. The fire is behind the hill. See the pics I took on previous posts. See the hill behind the palm trees? That's the hill that was burning this morning, but no it is only burning on the other side in San Elijo Hills. People there have been evacuated in San Elijo Hills for quite some time. The base of the hills of San Elijo run into Rancho Santa Fe Road - which runs from San Marcos to Encinitas. Just west of Rancho Santa Fe Road is La Costa (Carlsbad). My cousin lives there and he got the reverse 911 call to evacuate. I believe the authorities are concered that the fire will cross Rancho Santa Fe Road. Oops, just listening to the t.v. they have lifted the evacuation for San Elijo Hills. Thank goodness. That means the fire on the hill is under control. You never can tell what the winds will do, so we should keep alert. Besides, the world needs more lerts. haha! As for the Escondido area, they have issued evacuation orders for all of the San Pascual valley, all the way up to the I-15. Bear Valley Parkway residents were told to evacuate hours ago. The smoke is terrible out there. I do not know anything about the Wild Animal Park yet. John and I still have our bags packed (with passports!) in case we need to get out. Oh, I had to come back and edit this. They have evacuated parts of Solana Beach. Solana Beach is west of Rancho Santa Fe. The part of Solana Beach that was evacuated is the part that butts up to the San Elijo Lagoon. (No relation to San Elijo Hills.) The concern was that the fire would travel from the I-15 west along the stream bed through Lake Hodges, Rancho Santa Fe and on to Solana Beach via the lagoon. That part of Solana Beach is also accessible via the open spaces as well. I guess you can't be too careful. Over and out. For now. More pictures next time.

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