Well .got quite a wake up call at 3.30am yesterday ,by a neighbour who was keeping a close eye on the fires. I walked out the door ,to see fire coming down the mountain. Not quite a "mandatory evacuation" sitution but close enough for me.
I had already loaded the SUV with all our belongings , just in case.
So found another good use for the RIB on its trailer.
Just threw all the sleeping bags/pillows and tent into it and off we went.
Spent the day with the family at a mall until the fire had passed. (Luckily a nearby resevoir protected us from more serious conditions.
Funny at the Mall (which was designated an evacuation center) where there was about 100 horses/ goats/ llamas and even a couple of ostriches. Everyone semed to pull together ad the outpouring of help was amazing
At the Qualcom football stadium,so much food was turning up they had to turn it away.
Luckily we were able to return by 3.00pm the same day,but a lot of people were less fortunate
Looks like some of the northern fires will be burning into November !
Countless neighbourhoods have just been levelled and the region resembles a war zone.
The fire fighters are doing a tremendous job; full gear/85 degrees and double and triple shifts. Those guys are earing their money!
Couldn't believe the news when they showed a state map with all the fires burning!
One guy was shot dead today who was being approached by the police . (looking as though he was setting more fires at Arrowhead area. ) .Seems several of these fires are arson, and dont have much sympathy for the guy if the facts are accurate.
The sun is deep red as it sets tonight with all the smoke and ash in the air.It's going to be days before the air clears here in San Dieo and weeks for the northern regions between escondido and Los Angeles