Thursday, October 25, 2007

Not Yet Out of the Woods


I’m not sure if things are winding down here in San Diego, or if people are just tired of the wall to wall news coverage. Many people have been allowed to return to their homes. The population of the stadium evacuees has gone down to 2500 from 12,000. Unfortunately, two bodies were found this morning in a burned out home in Poway.

People seem to be trying to get back to everyday life.

But I have a small worry.

When we were on the edge of the evacuation zone, before the line was pulled back, we had been watching a stretch of the fire directly to our east. As the Santa Ana winds pushed the Witch Fire west, this stretch of the fire traveled inexplicably north! The perimeter of the fire during the worst days of the fires stayed within the blue lines on my map.

Last night, as I checked the map before bed, I was a bit dismayed to see that for the first time, the perimeter had jumped to the other side of the El Capitan Reservoir and had moved west and south. The boundaries were roughly where I made the pink outline on this map.

I woke up THIS morning to hear everyone on the radio talking about how the fires are dying down and about post-fire issues: the emotional stress of heading back into burned neighborhoods, how to avoid insurance scammers, how to get your gas turned back on…

But when I bring up the burn map, I see that fire has now crossed the 67 at one place, and even pushed out of the evacuation zone toward Flinn Springs and West Alpine, where Michael’s step-sister lives.

(The real-time version of this map can be found here. The yellow is the evacuation zone, the orange is the fire perimeter.)

If the fire continues to push west, down the open mountain and canyon area where I drew the green arrow, we could yet find ourselves evacuated.

We may, however, not be here. On Friday, after work, we are headed up to Encino (as is Terri) for Michael’s brother’s birthday. I am supposed to be packing, but pack what? All our family memorabilia? Backup drives? We usually barely have room for anything extra what with all the paraphernalia it takes to spend a couple days away from home.

So, I haven’t let loose that sigh of relief quite yet.

Keeping those proverbial fingers crossed.

6 comments:

Carla Naragon said...
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Shama-Lama Mama said...

Thanks, sweetie! Some great advice!

lola coca-cola said...

Hey there, I know we don't know each other very well, but if you want to leave me a key and a list of stuff to get if it gets hairy, let me know. Always glad to help!

hady alam said...

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the name of allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful

قل هو الله أحد

Say (o Muhammad saw) : he is allah, (the) one .

الله الصمد

Allah-us- samad ( the self-sufficient master,whom all creatures need , he neither eats nor drinks.)

لم يلد ولم يولد

"he begets not ,nor was he begotten "

ولم يكن له كفوا أحد

"and there is none co-equal or comparable unto him"

Mom said...

Good luck on your trip to Encino. You will be traveling from one fire area, through another, to another. Give everyone up there our love.

Mom said...

Oh yeah, Hi carla!!