Monday, October 22, 2007
I live in southern California. We have fires every year. I get scared every year. The hot Santa Ana winds blow east to west for about a week every year. The winds started over this past weekend. It was about 90 outside and the winds were blowing about 35-40 mph. The first fire started up in Ramona, in the Witch Creek area. The second fire is in southeastern San Diego near Jamul. Neither of those fires is anywhere near in control. 0% contained. Now there is a fire burning on the hills in San Marcos. You can see an ember fire starting to burn here in the first picture. I took this picture from my backyard. See all that thick smoke behind the hill there? That's a lot of the smoke from the Witch Creek fire. They have evacuated the people on the hill there. There is a big hill behind my house. So far we're ok, but you never know where those embers will fall. Many of the freeways and roads are closed in this area. So many people have been evacuated and have headed west. They evacuated Ramona last night. That was over 36,000 people. I heard that they have evacuated peope from Rancho Bernardo as well. Rancho Bernardo was the place from the Cedar fire in 2003. Remember that fire? Thousands of homes lost. The winds are now blowing about 30mph in SM right now. This last picture is the sun rising this morning through the smoke. Kind of pretty and scary at the same time, huh? Many residents don't have power, so I'll keep my blog updated as long as there is power.