May 8, 2009 at 11:40 pm #2542
The third annual Burning Mountain™ attraction started early this year. This was the view from our backyard Thursday afternoon. Then last night at 2:00AM a mandatory evacuation was issued for our neighborhood. So we evacuated, along with everyone else in our neighborhood.May 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm #8483
Good luck. I hope you, your family and your property fair well.May 10, 2009 at 9:48 am #8484
Got back earlier this evening. Our area was downgraded from Mandatory Evacuation back to Evacuation Warning. 600 yards north of us it’s still Mandatory Evacuation. "Returning residents are cautioned to remain aware of the potential for an evacuation order on short notice."
Basically the weather got better. Chief kept telling us, "This is a weather driven fire." Thursday and Friday we had a triple digit heat wave with high roller coaster winds. The wind would blow this way, then it blew that way, down the mountain, up the mountain, eastwards, westwards—equal opportunity for all.
DC-10 made 3 drops Friday. (It’s advantage is it’s big. It’s disadvantage is — it’s big. Not very maneuverable. The whole jet is designed to fly high and fast, not low and slow. Jet engines work best at high altitudes. They don’t respond quickly if there’s a sudden need for power. Takes a few seconds for them to spool up. So the DC-10 is rather limited where it can make a drop.)
Anyway, heat wave passed, high winds ended, Saturday was a nice cool calm day. We got to return Saturday evening. Soot everywhere, smoky smell.
Fire chief said they were actually quite successful in saving hundreds of homes. People using fireproof shingles for the roof and keeping the shrubbery sparse near the house, and evacuating when ordered so the firemen can easily get around. Still a few dozen houses got burned.
Map.(We’re located in the lower left, between Patterson and Turnpike, below Cathedral Oaks. Hey, Google has a picture of our house. If I’d known they were coming I’d a baked a cake.)
TankerDrop1_.jpgMay 11, 2009 at 9:17 am #8485
Glad you’re alright. Seems like an awesome place to live if it weren’t for this annual festival of lights.May 14, 2009 at 6:49 am #8492May 15, 2009 at 1:56 am #8493
that is >so< completely alien. wow.
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