Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wildfire

Living in Southern California certainly has its perks- beaches, Hollywood, beautiful people. But it also has its dangers- earthquakes and wildfires.

August is a smokey and ashy month around here, but while it always phases me to some extent, I just hadn't really acknowledged it as a personal danger ... until this weekend, that is. We had/are still having two wildfires rage through our state, and one was in my city of Palos Verdes. As wildfires go, PV had a best case scenario. Even though it ravaged 235 acres, we lost few homes and it has been completely contained.

It was a very surreal experience as news stations urged us to gather our most precious belongings in case of a mandatory evacuation. The heat was unreal and our little PV world smelled like a Christmas-time fireplace.

On Saturday afternoon I went for a drive and took photos of the evidence of the other Los Angeles wildfire that's still going strong. It's shamefully beautiful, as the smoke looks like a shimmery cloud from our vantage point.

What I found so unbelievable was the size of the white smoke cloud, which is about 200 miles away! It goes to show just how much we under-estimate natural disasters sometimes.

6 comments:

  1. I didn't know you were in PV. Yep, saw this exact view today from Matt's house. Here's a photo he took last night. http://twitpic.com/ft57r

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  2. i can't imagine how scary that must've been. i'm glad you're safe though. :)

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  3. I agree, fires are scary. I've been evacuated when living in Ventura county, then moved to San Diego and we were surrounded with horrible fires/smoke a few years ago. Careful about breathing the smokey air, it affected me for months after the fires stopped.
    Take care,
    Martha

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  4. it's amazing how we all figure it can't happen to us.

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