OMG what a crazy few days. First, the fire started Sunday in East County and we kept a close watch on it, knowing that I had a Monday morning flight with Frozone to go to Michigan for a two-day Ford truck media event. We made the decision early Monday morning to go ahead with my trip, as it looked like the fire was going to avoid our neighborhood. Unfortunately soon after I arrived in Michigan, Krissy called to let me know that mandatory evacuations were announced. Since we just went through this exercise 4 years ago during the Cedar fire, she knew exactly what to pack into the truck and took off to her Aunt’s house with the girls and the dogs.
About 24 hours later (Tuesday afternoon), my family was allowed back to our house. No damage in the immediate area, and surprisingly there wasn’t much more ash here than before I left. The fires are still burning all around San Diego County, but thankfully, none that are close by. Everyone that I know in San Diego is safe, including friends in Poway and Romona; two areas that were hit hard. All San Diego schools are closed this week for obvious reasons, mainly because of the poor air quality.
On the way to Michigan (Monday morning, 8:30am) I took a few photos from my window seat on the plane (see below). On the way home tonight we could see fires still burning from the air, but nothing impressive enough for a photo.
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Oct 24, 2007 (3:59 am)
Glad to hear the crew is all safe. It appears there will be a bit of San Diego left for this guy from NY to see this weekend after all.
Oct 27, 2007 (8:47 pm)
I prayed all friends in the San Diego area were ok, thankfully they were. I was concerned because I owned a house in East Lake in 2003 when the Cedar fires swept through parts of that area..and Scripps Ranch area. My house was ok but what made the whole expierence worse was I was sitting on a navy ship off the SOCAL coast watching all the devastation from a LA tv station, only bits and pieces of the SD fire came in.
Godspeed all those who lost their homes and worldly possessions.