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- a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combinedwith oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame.
- a burning mass of material, as on a hearth or in a furnace.
- the destructive burning of a building, town, forest, etc.; conflagration.
- heat used for cooking, especially the lighted burner of a stove: Put the kettle on the fire.
- Greek fire.
Fire. I have a newfound respect for fire. In all of my life (thankfully) I have never (EVER, ever) seen fire like I have this week in San Diego! Within the past 3 days I have seen fire rip through almost (if not more at this point?) 10,000 acres! I don’t know the other statistics verbatim but I know (based on me watching the news NOT based on reported facts) at least 4-5 homes were completely destroyed, I think it was truly more (Carlsbad did report over 22M in damages), over 15,000 reverse 911 phone calls were made to evacuate San Marcos and there was 1 casualty* (this IS fact, I just saw this on the news and I am even more heartbroken!)!
I never knew about “Fire Season” in California, or maybe I did but it was not so personal. This week was the perfect recipe for fire. Starting Tues our temps were in the very high 90s and there were high Santa Ana’s (hot winds). This mixed with a major drought and low humidity equals fire friendly.
After a fabulous networking lunch on Tues a major fire in Rancho Santa Fe (actually the same town the lunch was IN and bordering town to where I live) started. At first I really wasn’t shaken, I was like “oh no, a fire! Put it out ASAP”. Within a few hours I WAS SHOOK! Smoke and fire clouds filled the air and the real possibility of the fire traveling TO me hit me! Now, I was like “WTF is this and why can’t it be put OUT?”
Weds morning this fire was “under better control” and I left for my interview (yay interview, but I didn’t get the job <better things are coming>) and I didn’t even see a cloud of smoke. Fast forward a few hours – Carlsbad (the north bordering town & the town I used to work in) was engulfed in flames! Flames so high and so bad it COULD be seen from my town! Cue to the start to my freak out (I was remembering Katrina and Sandy all over again!). Within hours there were 2 other major fires (San Marcos and the 15 & 76). It literally felt that all of the areas bordering me (except the Pacific Ocean) were burning! I was GLUED to the TV (just like 9-11, Katrina & Sandy). Panic began to set in (I am sure watching the news didn’t help) and I am so grateful for my friend and neighbor (and long term transplant) who shared her past experiences and advice with me to keep me SANE! I listed to the news (and my friend) and I started to pack an evacuation bag (3 bags, 1 suitcase and 1 Gateau bag – even in emergencies I pack “light”) and I kept it by the door. By sundown the panic began to lighten (the wine may have helped too). I knew I was not in danger at least not in immediate danger. I fell asleep with the news on (someone had crazy dreams!).
I woke up at 6am today (Thursday) and we went from 6 fires to 9 (not good). But I slowly began to see that the Rancho fire was mostly contained as was Carlsbad and I began to sigh a sigh of relief. San Marcos however was just bonkers! It kept burning and spreading (and it still is NOW). There is so much damage everywhere! A “new” fire just started to the south of me. Today I was less freaked out, I actually left home (without being super worried that I wouldn’t be able to get back to Gateau) and I went to Pet Smart (extra, extra food for Gateau) and Target and then even a therapy appointment! I was calm; even though there was chaos all around me I was calm and not worried that I was in imminent danger (see my reaction to yesterday.
I am without words seeing all of the damage and destruction these fires have brought. One life too many was lost.
My prayers are with all of the San Diegians and their families. Especially our fire fighters and first responders! I am sooo thankful for all of our fire fighters – the temps all week have been in the HIGH 90s with super, super, hot winds and these (amazing & fabulous) people are in full gear, on the ground fighting. And not only are they fighting fires they are climbing mountains and navigating challenging terrain, again IN FULL GEAR! These people are super men and super women in my opinion. And of course a shout out to the cops, sheriffs, highway patrol, etc.., who are keeping all of the evacuated properties safe. I am not looking forward to fire season.
Please say a prayer for San Diego tonight. #prayersforsandiego