More On The Santiago Canyon Fire Incident, With Map
Yesterday's post described the Irvine, California fire right where I live and posted some photographs of what I saw from my home. We woke up this morning to still very windy, dry weather here in our section of the desert made into paradise. But the house is intact thanks to the 500 or so firefighters who beat back the Santiago Canyon blaze just across the street.
To give you a perspective, last night at 6:00 p.m., it had burned 20 acres. This morning at 8:00 a.m., it had burned 8,800 acres. Think about that for a minute, and do the math. That's burning at the rate of more than 10 acres per minute.
10 acres per minute. Think about evacuating with fire and wind chasing you at that speed, and then think about trying to evacuate a 1,600 home complex (where I live) out of only three exits.
Here's an approximate map of the fire, prepared by the Orange County Fire Authority at this website, which is a wonderful resource to cut through the news coverage and wild speculation of what's going on. To orient you, I live just slightly Northwest of the 'P' in Portola Parkway, at the very edge of the yellow (one street back).