Monday, October 22, 2007
CALIFORNIA IS BURNING UP!
We planned on leaving for a visit to California to visit our kids and friends there in the morning.
We learned from our kids and friends that San Diego, Ventura, Riverside and Orange counties are all on fire! All of the freeways leading in to these counties are involved in the fires and some are closed causing major traffic!
Watching this on the news reminded me of the first year we lived in Corona, CA in Riverside County. We had a fire come so close to our home that the firefighters had to light it right at the bottom of our hill so it would burn the other direction. I remember waking up the next morning and there was a fire truck right in front of our house and the firemen were taking a break. It was really scary and I feel for those people that are involved.
In San Diego alone they have evacuated 250,000 people, one of which is a friend of ours in Poway,CA near San Diego. As of 2PM today the fires have burned over 100,000 acres.
The Santa Ana winds blow the opposite direction of the normal winds and this causes like a suction. That and the dryness of not having any rain for over 13 months and 90 degree weather has made this a hell on earth.
Oregon is sending in helicopters, and fire engines and firefighters to help. Unfortunately there is more fire than there are firefighters and many people are going to lose their homes tonight.