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San Diego Fires
San Diego is on fire again. I've been watching the TV most of the day, tracking the progress of the fires. It's amazing how many people have been evacuated and homes have been destroyed. From what I hear, many more people have been affected by this fire than by the fire back in 2003.

I'm lucky that where I am in San Diego (relatively close to downtown), I'm not in any danger. All that I'm dealing with is the smoke. But that's pretty bad. The air smells strongly of it, and if you're outside for any length of time you start to feel it in your lungs.

Here's a photo I took a few minutes ago from my roof (looking west). You can see the layer of smoke hanging over the city. But still, the smoke is not as bad where I am as it was during the 2003 fire. Compare the photo below to the photos I took during the 2003 fire.

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Posted by The Curator on Tue Oct 23, 2007


Glad you're doing okay. Make sure part of the city survives until at least after February, okay? wink
Posted by Tah  in  Idaho (Yes, Idaho)  on  Tue Oct 23, 2007  at  07:52 PM
I know exactly just how little fun that situation is to be in Alex, although the fires used to actually be a threat to where I lived.
Do you get what's called a 'Bushfire Moon' over there? It's when the moon turns a dark orange/red colour, a bit like the colour of the sky in your 2003 pics but it happens at night and looks spectacular when it's a full moon.
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Tue Oct 23, 2007  at  08:33 PM
Alex, you're lucky. My family was evacuated for a bit yesterday but are back now. Up North is far worse then where you are.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Tue Oct 23, 2007  at  09:11 PM
Intersting story that just popped into my head. My wife and I got married in April of 1999. The summer before we were making and paying for wedding arangements. That included our honeymoon.

We finally decided to go on a cruise and narrowed it down to Carnival. It was a four day cruise on the Ecstasy. We booked it. Two days later the Ecstasy was in the news.

http://www.iklimnet.com/hotelfires/ship_fire_case16_2.html

You might wonder why this is an interesting story? Well, just a few weeks ago my wife and I finalized plans for our trip to San Diego (in February).

Next vacation I'll be holding a lottery to see where we go. The more money you pay us the better chance we don't come to your neck of the woods. wink
Posted by Tah  in  Idaho (Yes, Idaho)  on  Tue Oct 23, 2007  at  09:56 PM
Was watching the news today.. they had a reporter giving a report in front of the still burning beams of a house..

*HIS* house...
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Wed Oct 24, 2007  at  06:15 AM
Nice to know that all you're suffering from is a bit of smoke inhalation. smile
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Wed Oct 24, 2007  at  08:44 AM
In the early to mid 60's I lived in San Diego, just north of Rose Canyon. I've tried to watch and read the news on this just to see if my old neighborhood was going up. Alex, if you could inform me please, I would like it. The area used to be called University City, don't know if it still is. Went ot high school at Clairemont.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Oct 24, 2007  at  12:59 PM
>>a reporter giving a report in front of the still burning beams of a house..<<

That was Larry Himmel. I think he's on Channel 8 here in SD.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Oct 24, 2007  at  01:00 PM
Christopher, I don't think the fires are near the Rose Canyon area.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Oct 24, 2007  at  01:03 PM
Thanks Alex, I haven't been back in over thirty years but it is amazing how fast you care about where you once lived when it is threatened. Although, I can rmeember certain places I lived that I would gladly see wiped off the map.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Oct 24, 2007  at  02:42 PM
Hang in there, Alex.
Stay safe.
Help out your neighbors if you can.

I was in Fairbanks, Alaska 3 or so years ago when almost the whole state was on fire. There was more smoke than air, and it was awful.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Oct 24, 2007  at  02:51 PM
Chris Cole, I believe that's the area they are actually evacuating people to, so it should be just fine over there. It's to the North that you want to worry about.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Wed Oct 24, 2007  at  10:16 PM
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