Fire season already!

  1. Well, the season has started with a bang. As I type this, I can hear the water dropping helicopters not far away. Yesterday evening I could see flames on the hills about a mile from my house. Well, that fire is now under control, but there are two more going full force about ten and fifteen miles away. The smoke is really bad!

    Had to take an alternate and much longer route home tonite because the fire is on both sides of the freeway which is my usual route. The alternate route that I took was a winding road through the hills, and I could see the flames starting to come up over the ridgeline toward that road.

    I think I'm going to have to leave for work about an hour early tomorrow. Not sure which roads will be open.

    Usually these muliple fires don't happen until late summer or fall around here, but we're having an exceptionally hot and dry spring, which just turns all the sagebrush into tinder! It's supposed to cool down a little within the next few days -- at least cooler than today's 108F!

    Hospital will probably be full with asthma and COPD patients in a day or two.
  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Yikes. I hope it's not going to be for you guys this year. Fortunately we got rain the other day, these are dry times for us too, but this year's gonna be o.k.
  4. by   dianah
    Yep, I smelled smoke yesterday and today, and can hear the planes droning on their way to and from the battle(s). Hope the firefighters stay safe, and we get some respite from the heat soon.
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    Wishing you Califa's safety!
  6. by   nekhismom
    Oh man!!! Sorry to hear that the fire's going already. Every year when I see those wildfires, I am always scared, and glad that I don't live in an area where we get many wildfires.

    108 already???? SHEESH~!! I though Southern Texas was bad!
  7. by   warrior woman
    Be safe Jemb!! You are in our thoughts.
  8. by   jemb
    Well, the fires are continuing. The one I could see yesterday on my way home is only 15% contained as of tonite, and is now covering 3500 acres. One small community and a not-yet-completed horse property community had to be evacuated. That fire has advanced quite a bit since last nite.

    The one closer to my home is fully contained, however, and did not destroy as much acreage, and no homes -- just a couple of outbuildings.

    The 2003 fire season just ended in February of this year!!! Usually we're still getting some rain through April! All the hills that I saw covered with beautiful yellow and orange wildflowers two months ago are now covered with ashes and embers.
  9. by   CashewLPN
    on a different note... about the flowers... the ash from the fires, it fertilizes the ground... so, more flowers can grow... its like a circle of life (please, no lion king singing, I'm being serious)-- something dies, and something springs from the ashes... its so amazingly natural, I think cool..

    Whats not cool is when homes are endangered... but, I suppose, thats a risk of moving out there... but, I can imagine that the benefits of living there are better than the risks, sometimes

    Be safe, be careful...
  10. by   HannasMom
    Last summer my brother and his wife lost their house to the fire in San Diego, also my sister-in-laws Moms house burned down. They have been through so much, I don't want to see them lose the modular home they just put on their land. I pray the fires don't begin again in their area.
  11. by   renerian
    I hope you will be safe. My brother lives in Ventura County and is hoping they can get the fires out.

  12. by   jemb
    one really bad thing about the fires in this area is that, in destroying the vegetation, nothing is left to keep the hills in place when the winter rains come. last year, huge fires in the san bernardino mountains left the hills bare. when the winter rains hit, many lives were lost in flash floods that carried dead trees, tons of mud, and boulders down the hills. twenty two people were killed christmas day 2003 in flash floods that hit two different campgrounds. all the bodies except that of one child were recovered relatively soon. last week, the skeletal remains of a child was discovered in a dry wash 15 miles from the campsite, and dental record matched it to the missing child. the force of nature....

    i'm between two fires as of today. so far, they are both moving the opposite direction from my home, but the cerritos fire has come within a few miles a couple of times.

    info from the cdf site shows the size of the fires, manpower, costs, etc:
    cerritos fire
    last updated: 7 a.m. may 5, 2004
    start date/time: may 3, 2004 at 1:31 p.m.
    administrative unit: cdf riverside unit/riverside county fire
    location: southeast of corona
    acres burned: 11,000
    containment: 30%, projected containment may 7, 2004 at 6 a.m.
    control: projected control may 10, 2004 at 6 p.m.
    structures destroyed: 2 residences, 3 outbuildings
    threatened: 1000 residences, 300 outbuildings, 12 commercial properties
    injuries: 8
    cause: human-caused
    cooperating agencies: cdf, riverside county fire, oes, us forest service, chp
    total fire personnel: 849
    fire crews: 6 cdf
    engines: 161 (25 cdf)
    airtankers: 3 (2 cdf)
    helicopters: 4 (1 cdf)
    dozers: 15 (7 cdf)
    water tenders: 7
    costs to date: $1.3 million

    eagle fire
    last updated: 6:30 a.m. may 5, 2004
    start date/time: may 2, 2004 at 3:14 p.m.
    administrative unit: cdf riverside unit/riverside county fire
    location: southeast of the city of temecula
    acres burned: 8,800
    containment: 60% - projected full containment may 6, 2004 at 6 p.m.
    control: control expected may 7, 2004 at 6 p.m.
    structures destroyed: 14 residences and 11 outbuildings
    threatened: 50 residences
    injuries: 5
    cause: under investigation
    cooperating agencies: cdf, riverside county fire dept, oes, us forest service, chp, city of temecula
    total fire personnel: 1,157
    fire crews: 40 (36 cdf)
    engines: 109 (95 cdf)
    airtankers: 6 (5 cdf)
    helicopters: 4
    dozers: 10 (3 cdf)
    water tenders: 6
    costs to date: $1.2 million
  13. by   ang75

    I too live in an area where the summer wild fires pose a pretty significant threat. Although, not nearly as bad as so-cal. My property is on the edge of nat'l forrest land that has not been cleaned up in decades. I am always afraid of wether or not I will have time to get my horses out if we have to evacuate. This happened last year. I have 3 horses. 2 are trained and 1 is a wild mustang. Last year there was no way I could get the mustang in a trailer so I wrote my phone number on their side with a construction marker and turned em loose praying they would head for the lake. Luckily, they did. Hours later when we were allowed back, I went to the lake first and there were my brats playing in the water. Thank God. That was my first wild fire and I honestly hope I never have to deal with it again. So, I know how you feel-it's bleeping scary! I wish you the best and will keep you in my thoughts. Good luck through fire season!
  14. by   BeachNurse
    We have had many fires here in Florida already in the last few weeks.