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It smells like...burning
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, October 22, 2007

In 2003,the Cedars fire in San Diego came close enough to my house that I could take pictures of it from my back yard.

Well, I don't have anything so dramatic this time. The air is very smoky, but the fires are to the north and south of us so far. The nearest fire is about 5 miles to the south. The evacuation area for the Witch fire came close. The outermost edge of the evacuation zone is about 8 blocks south of my house. But, fortunately, that's been the closest it's come to affecting us.

On the other hand, the military installation I work on closed the gate to Fallbrook. Only evacuees from the Fallbrook fire are allowed in, and no one is allowed out into Fallbrook. So, my regular path home was closed down. I had to take the long way out through Camp Pendleton with a long, long line of evacuees. It took me two hours to get home. Thank goodness I was on a motorcycle today, because with the long lines of traffic at a complete stop, I was lane-splitting like crazy. At least that is still legal in California.

The Fallbrook fire is getting bigger, the winds are whipping up, and the firefighters aren't able to contain it. Since my office is literally the first building inside the perimeter fence between the base and Fallbrook, I'm rather curious as to whether I will actually have an office tomorrow morning. And, even if I do, I'm not actually sure I will be able to get back to it tomorrow morning.
 
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I’m pretty confident none of the fires will be forcing me to evacuate this time. The winds aren’t really pushing the Malibu fire north or west into the canyons, and based on what I’ve heard, the Santa Clarita area fire doesn’t seem to be heading southwest toward Simi.

My friend did evacuate from San Marcos, though, as they shut down the university today. Quite a day for SoCal.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
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Good luck to both of you.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Yes, good luck and may Gods grace watch over you.

I really wish the news casts would have the correct headline.

Winds wipe fires in SoCal AGAIN

Why does this keep happening again, and again?

I heard Matt Lauer on the tv this morning saying that there was a lot of dry brush fueling the fire. Isn’t that always the case, whether it’s SoCal, or some forest fire?

Shouldn’t more be done pro-actively to reduce the fuel, and maybe teach people how to prepare their property as best as possible.
 
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We are all praying for my family. My aunts, uncles, and cousins have evacuated to my grandmother’s house in Point Loma. One of my uncles and his family live in the evacuation area, the other evacuated because my cousin has asthma and needs to be as far away from the smoke as possible.
 
Written By: Wacky Hermit
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Why does this keep happening again, and again?
Because these fires start out in the middle of the wilderness. Millions of acres of brush and scrub. In fact, except for downtown, and the university area, a lot of metropolitan San Diego is still wilderness.

It doesn’t matter how good you are at clearing brush around your house when it surrounded by 2 acres of uncut brush.
 
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