Are any of our members affected by the fires? My wife saw a post on face book that Eric Sayer has been evacuated. I know that there are many members in the area and just wonder how you are doing and am praying for you.
so far so good , just raining smoke and ash on me
I heard yesterday, that all the major freeways were closed. It's bad enough when they are open!
I live in Simi Valley and work in Camarillo, lots of smoke and ash, kids at home today. Winds are picking up again.
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Prayers going out to all. Such an awful mess.
It's pretty far North of where I live. I work in El Segundo, near LAX. There were a few guys in my department that didn't make it in today because they live in the San Fernando Valley and the 405 Freeway was closed.
I just went by the fairgrounds to check on our horses. The smoke is like a heavy fog there now since the wind has died down and isn't blowing it out. It's a good thing for fighting the fire, but bad in the immediate area. I tried to pick up some medical items at the ranch last night (I was able to get out there yesterday afternoon) but the fire and worked it's way back in that direction and down to the access road near a group of homes so it was closed.
Today the fire has burned to the coast west of Ventura (the coast runs east/west here) and is continuing it's way along the coast. The winds are supposed to kick up again this evening through tomorrow, and the concern is the fire will then work north into the Las Posas Forest. At that point if it work's north it heads towards Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. That sounds like a long distance, but there isn't anything in between for a barrier other than roads. Considering the fire ran 18 miles (not counting elevation changes for the mountains) in about 3 1/2 hours the first night, that really isn't that far.
I drove down I-5 from San Francisco to the San Fernando valley in a 17 foot box truck on Monday and I was white knuckling it for a good part of the trip just hoping there was no rogue gust of wicked wind ready to tip me over. A tumble weed hit the front grill with an impact that surprised the hell out of me. When I arrived in North Hollywood the bush fragments were firmly imbedded in the grill demonstrating the full power of the wind to drive these fires so quickly. Today seems calmer but it smells like LA is sitting at the bottom of a giant barbecue kettle. The fumes are everywhere.