Quote of the Day - Fire, water and government know nothing of mercy.
Irvine, California Santiago Canyon Incident - I'm Blogging This & Photos Below
The pungent smell of smoke fills our house, right across the street from where the Orange County Fire Authority minutes ago listed voluntary evacuations at the apartment complex near our home. We're staying put. As the fire department advises, 'Shelter In Place.'
The wind is gusting at over 70 miles per hour, and the sky is raining ash. My car is covered with it, despite the wind. When we came home earlier tonight, Halloween decorations were all over the street - we found a Styrofoam tombstone at the end of the cul-de-sac (we're at the beginning of it), along with several Styrofoam pumpkins, skeletons and the like.
Pretty scary stuff.
The television shows pictures of the fire in only two colors: orange and black, since the sun has set. The super scoopers, fire helicopters and other aerial services used to fight fires can't fly, so they're setting lines to keep the fires away from homes. Frankly, it's unbelievable that the news helicopters can fly in this smoke and not run into each other.
We're not on fire yet, although my partner called to offer his home if we evacuated, as did other family members, even though one is experiencing a power outage and we can't get to another because the roads are blocked. If we evacuate, then our best bet is to head toward the beach to another family member's home. If worse comes to worse, we can always stop at the beach. The ocean isn't going to burn.
I took some photos earlier this evening, so you can get a perspective. They're taken from a second story balcony at the back of my home, looking Southeast. Keeps you humble.
There are six photos in all, taken starting at about 6:20 p.m, about 25 minutes after the fire started, looking from the Southeast to the Southwest, and then back to the fire again after sunset. Sorry about the fuzzy photo of the fire line, but it was a little windy.