Saturday, November 15, 2008
California is currently under the threat of several wildfires, but what's making it worse is that there are many residential areas in direct line of the fires this time. The image above (from the OC Register's website) gives you a feeling of what people are having to deal with in the Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, and Brea areas right now. As a result of the fire, I'm not sure if I'm going to make it to my upline meeting on Sunday or not. A section of the freeway that I'll need to travel has been closed down now for over 6 hours due to one of the fires. Let's hope that things improve and that the firefighters can get a better handle on things. The low humidity isn't helping, and the winds are driving this fire westward, into many a residential area. Last thing I heard, quite a few homes had sustained damage, several were gutted by the fire, and a 250 unit apartment complex has burned. As of mid-afternoon, there was no containment on this fire. The fire started this morning in western Corona, which is about a 25 minute drive from here, before it hopped the 91 freeway and headed into Anaheim Hills. The billowing smoke we can see in the distance is rather impressive, and must be terrible for everyone having to deal with the smoke and ash. I feel so sorry for those who have lost their homes due to the fire, and hope that everyone got out ok. Please keep the firefighters and everyone who had to flee their homes in your thoughts and prayers.