Tuesday, November 18, 2008

all clear

We're still coping with smoke and ash, but the fire danger has passed. It came pretty close though - to the end of the block. Saturday afternoon, the winds whipped the fire around us and we spent the afternoon listening to LA County Fire helicopters. They zoomed just overhead every five minutes as they struggled (successfully) to save the high school. We watched most of our neighbors voluntarily evacuate, but we packed our bags and stayed here waiting for the knock on the door. (I preferred this, since it provided the most up-to-date information on how close the fire was.)

Here are my before and after pictures (about four hours apart):

By the time I took the latter photo, though, the most dangerous moment had passed. About 29,000 acres burned, including almost 200 residences; over 3700 people were involved in putting it out - along with 555 trucks and dozens of aircraft. Wow. I really wish the local - libertarian - newspaper would run stories about fire fighting heroics under the headline "YOUR TAX DOLLARS DO GOOD WORK!" The memory of this disaster will too quickly wear off among most of my not-my-tax-responsibility neighbors. Sigh.

Ash fallout on my plants:
Red sun in the afternoon:


kungfuramone said...

Glad you guys are ok, V.

Dolce Vita said...

I am too. We are so fortunate that we only watched and worried.

another kind of nerd said...

How'd the little one fair?

Dolce Vita said...

She did good. She found all the smoke very fun. But she became worried when she realized that if we had to leave, everything could burn. She had to chose what she really wanted to save and pack it. She was most concerned about her lizards. She packed them up and brought them along (we had to find covered parking so the car wouldn't get too hot for them). At the last minute, I cut a picture of the "lizard evacuation" from this post. I'll have to send it to you.