In a word: Devastation! There are now over fifteen wildfires with all 7 Southern California counties being involved to some extent. Over 50,000 acres have been scorched and none of the fires are anywhere near being under control. The closest fire to me is the Irvine fire in Orange County which is about 20 miles away. It was announced earlier that the Irvine fire was started by an arsonist.
The temperature topped out at 99 today, the humidity is 3% and the 40 mph winds have been gusting to 90! These conditions will continue through tomorrow. The sky has been amber all day and it was been raining ashes, which is not the kind of rain we need.
One of our local TV stations has been covering these fires all day, hopping between one fire and another. It’s amazing to watch those helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft making water drops, especially when the fire in on a steep canyon wall. Such precision! Unfortunately they can only make their drops during daylight hours.
I’ve added more pics to my photo album and I’ll be adding more later. Thanks to all of you for your concern.
Update: The Lake Arrowhead fire seems to have been maybe the worst one. 100 homes destroyed and counting. However, they have been doing fire-drops using a refitted DC-10 (It was too windy to use it earlier). It can drop 12,000 gallons of fire retardent in 8 seconds. It can then reload and make another drop within 20 minutes. I’ll bet the residents loved seinh that baby!! Unfortunately, too little too late for alot of folks. Some of the canyon fires are so intense that they are creating their own weather. A few are burning back AGAINST the winds!! Weird!!
Here is a site where you can get updates and more photos: www.abc7.com
I’m REALLY… what’s the word?? Oh yeah! PISSED that yet ANOTHER fire has been attributed to arson!! Who ARE these people?? Do they work for fire-retardent manufacturers or are THEY retarded???
Here is an interesting and scary quote from the Chief of the San Diego County Fire Dept: "There are more homes on fire than we have firemen"!! 250,000 people were evacuated in San Diego County today. But I still say that Southern California has the best and bravest firefighters in the world…. bar none!
Sorry if this seems like a ramble but it is! I’m updating it constanly.
I’m watching live video of a fire at the Foothill Ranch area and those flames are just racing up a canyon slope. I’m talking 100 foot tall flames! Flames jumped across two 10-lane freeways today. It will take weeks to put these fires out. We need RAIN!! But not too much because that brings another little slice of heaven…. Mudslides!! Adding more pics!
More bad news! Some of the fires are beginning to merge, which creates larger fires. Also, they have called in 1500 National Guard troops because of… you guessed it. Looters! Probably the arsonists!!