Wednesday, June 27, 2012

this must be what Dante saw

this is what it looked like last night at about 5:30 pm

what looks like a big black rain cloud over the apartment building behind us is actually an enormous plume of smoke from the fire burning across the valley from us -- just 10 miles away

since Saturday, when the fire started, it had been burning in the canyons on the west side of the city

yesterday afternoon the winds shifted and drove the fire over the ridge and into the thousands of homes that were built in one of the largest urban/wild land interfaces in the country

it was, to quote a local reporter, "a firestorm of epic proportion"

the sky glowed orange all night -- it was like looking into hell

the 65 mph winds that drove the flames over that ridge also carried ash across to us

on the left side of this picture is the biggest piece that I was able to pick up in the yard -- its about 3.5 inches long

and this morning the wading pool that we set up to help the dog keep cool has a film of fine black ash over it's surface
the sky this morning is hazy and everything continues to look orange-y

it smells smoky here

we had planned to mow the yards this morning, but in these conditions we have decided to wait --

the advisory for folks our age is to not do anything that requires a lot of physical exertion

I have to say I have not gotten a lot done on projects the last couple of days --- knowing that there are people I know that have probably lost their homes is unnerving

praying for rain --- and safety for everyone directly touched by this fire

1 comment:

AlisonH said...

Gasping at that first picture. My stars. Stay safe.