San Diego is still on fire!

October 23, 2007

Normally that would be the lead sentence of a nightlife review, but I am afraid it is literal at the moment.

I have some photos showing the smoke in Solana Beach from yesterday and some sunset photos from here in La Jolla, but I seem to have misplaced my card reader in my haste, so I can’t get anything off my camera just yet.

I spoke to a friend in Solana Beach last night about 8 pm, he said it was no worse than when I had left about noon, so Soyan and I went back up a bit before 10 PM to get some pillows some and some art we had left the first time around (mostly African masks and baskets from our trip).

We ran the sprinklers again to get the soil nice and wet and looked how many houses still had lights on. It seemed like many of our neighbors were staying and we wondered if we were being a little silly, but decided better not to chance it.

I took a shower and we headed out.

I went to the San Elijo Lagoon (the end of the canyon that goes 25 miles inland and along which the fire is burning) to see if I could see any glow and saw nothing.

We drove south to Del Mar heights along some ridge neighborhoods looking to see if there was anything to see and there wasn’t.

We came back to La Jolla and went to sleep.

Now I am up and I see the updated map from last night. It is not good.

I don’t have a newer map from the San Diego county emergency site than 11:30 PM last night, but looking at a news map, I estimate the fire as 7-8 miles due east of my house.

Here are 3 time lapse maps from 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm and 11:30 pm yesterday:

(I wanted to make an animated gif from these but I couldn’t figure it out in photoshop and wanted to get this up. If you want to make an animation and send it to me that would be appreciated)

11:30 map:
Map from 10-22 at 11:30 PM

7:30 map:
Map from 10-22 at 7:30 PM

4:30 map:
Map from 10-22 at 4:30 PM

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