Monday, October 22, 2007

Fires in California

It's California's turn to burn now, after Montana burned in July.

For those who are concerned, since my house and my kids are in North San Diego County: My kids are not in any danger at this time. Their area is not being evacuated.

My house is not in danger either, though that isn't anywhere near as important as my kids.

9 comments:

skyetrueheart said...

Good to hear. It sure is scary looking from the news reports.

I just glanced at the photos you've been taking on your trip. They're lovely and are giving me an itch to get in the car and drive. I'll have to stop back another time to read your commentary.

Bekah said...

Since I've been home this week, I've been able to see some of the footage - that is just unreal. I'm so glad that all your family and your home are safe!

Malott said...

Glad everyone is OK.

Watching the mainstream media you get the feeling half of southern California is on fire.

Can you add some perspective?

janice said...

I'm glad your family and your house is OK.

I heard on Fox news this morning, a captured al qaeda agent told them the next wave of terror would be fire in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado. Not California.

The police did catch a man on a motorcycle near Arrowhead Lake setting the mountain on fire yesterday.

Dave said...

Today it was very smoky here where you used to work, Skye. Some people, when they go outside, are wearing those emergency masks that were issued to us a while back. We can smell the smoke inside the building as well.

Dave

SkyePuppy said...

Chris,

Some perspective?

Half of Southern California is on fire--the rural half. We go 6 - 8 months without any rain, and then when the Santa Ana winds come up, all it takes is a cigarette out the window of a car, or a campfire spark, or some arsonist-kook with a lighter, and all that dried brush and grass goes up in flames.

The evacuated towns are the ones on the edge of open land or up in the hills or mountains. Many of the ones at risk this year are the same ones that burned a few years ago--because they're still near open land.

My ex-husband (where my kids are) lives in a semi-rural area, but so far they're not in danger, and I don't expect them to be. Too many other towns would have to burn first.

My house is on the north end of Oceanside and is probably more at risk than his. Behind my neighborhood are some apartments and maybe a small housing tract (I'm not sure, because I don't go there--not a nice neighborhood), and then on the north side of that is open Camp Pendleton hillsides. My daughter told me this morning that there were fires in Camp Pendleton that were near the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (the "Dolly Parton Memorial"), but that's the other end of the Base, about 16 miles away.

Brush fires are a normal part of life in Southern California, usually far enough away from most people that they're not a threat. People who want to get away from all the people have to weigh the risk of fire when they move out to the sticks.

Janice,

The terrorists would be stupid to use fires as a weapon. We're already equipped to deal with fire, fires are regular (though terrible) events, so they wouldn't be much of an unusual terror. The jihadists wouldn't get much credit for their work.

Skye,

Glad to see you stop by!!! You were a big part of my decision to go on this trip with my mom.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

They've already started to try blaming Bush and drawing Katrina comparisons.

Next thing, Al Gore will be saying it's all due to global warming (which, of course, Bush is also responsible for).

SkyePuppy said...

Dave,

That sounds pretty bad. I sure don't envy you. (I probably shouldn't tell you about the rain we're getting here.)

WordSmith,

Sen. Harry Reid has already blamed the fires on Global Warming. He wins the Idiot Thing To Say Award. Again.

CG said...

There was one day this week that you would not have been able to get to work if you still worked here! The 5 was closed due to the fires in Camp Pendleton. There is so much fire over by the 241 toll road that it is smokey everywhere and ashes are flying. Even inside the building, as Dave said, it smells like a campfire.