PS I feel like I am still traveling. We have had nurses from the Philippines, Vietnam, Nigeria and Taiwain.]]>
Well here are some photos from Burning Man 2008.]]>
Excellent maps and info on the San Deigo fires are available here:
Still I persist San Diego Fire Blog
Barboni San Diego Fire Blog
One tiny perk of the fires was that the road is that I saw tons of great classic cars on the road as people moved them to fire safe areas.]]>
VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR ALL AREAS OF SOLANA BEACH BY FIRE CHIEF DAVID OTT
Emergency Operations Center Phone Number (858) 720-4403
We went to LA to avoid the mess. Here is the newest map as of 3:45 today.]]>
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)
Current as of 7pm PT: Bright red is the fire, light red is the evacuation.
I have not really been writing much here since I settled down in San Diego, but there are huge fires burning all over San Diego and I thought I’d share some of the madness.
About 6:30 AM I woke up there was soot all over my house and the sky was very smoky.
I went to Starbucks to get some coffee and shoot some photos of the sun… Except I keep losing the sun in all the smoke.
I wasn’t really worried, but I did stop by the hardware store about 7:40 and find that had already sold out of breathing masks. People all seemed very edgy.
I listen to the radio and they confirmed that things had gotten much worse over night.
I went home turned on the TV and everything seemed sufficiently far away.
I tried to do some work but as friends started IM’ing me I got a bit more nervous.
We started to think if we ever did need to evacuate what would we take…
We put together some papers (insurance, deed, etc) just in cases.
Did some more work.
The evacuation area got bigger but we were still 1-1.5 miles east of the edge of the evac area.
Then they called for the voluntary evacuation of “some areas” of Solana Beach.
Then the called my streets…
Right now, Solana Beach fire officials are going door to door on those 12 streets to advice residents to leave. Those streets are: 700 Seabright Lane; 200 Patty Hill Drive; 600 Barbara Ave.; 700 Rios Ave.; 700 Granados Ave.; 600 Holmwood Lane; 700 Rawl Place; 600 Canyon Place; 400-600 Canyon Drive; 600 Ridgeline Place; 600 Glencrest Place; and 400-500 Glencrest Drive.
Traylor said the canyon rim is the city’s highest fire danger zone because of an abundance of vegetation. “We are trying to be ahead of the curve,” he said.
We packed up and head south to La Jolla on the 101. Most of the traffic was headed north and we got a little nervous, but as soon as we got past del mar the air was much clearer.
For now are ok and in LJ, hopefully the house will be ok too.
Photos coming soon.]]>
One of the movies they brought was Asiemut, a film by and about a Canadian couple riding their bikes 8,000 Kilometers from Mongolia to India. It was a great job for a first film and I enjoyed it enormously. It brought back many memories from our own trip and made me want to travel again. It also made me want to make a film. If you get a chance to see it an upcoming film festival, try and make it. Or you can buy their DVD online.]]>