Saturday, May 17, 2014

fires.

It's been nearly a week since a widespread handful of wildfires ripped through San Diego county, threatening and destroying dozens of homes and businesses along the way.

What began on Tuesday in a remote area as an electrical fire from a nearby vineyard, quickly began threatening bordering residences. Spencer and I watched the news in horror that night as fire crews worked around the clock to try and contain the quickly spreading mass.

By Wednesday morning, crews had worked around the clock, but the now widespread fire was only 5% contained. Unfortunately, the worst of it was not yet over.

On Wednesday alone, another SIX fires had broken out across the county; including areas like Camp Pendleton, densely populated areas of Carlsbad, and San Marcos near California State University to name a few. Note for the out-of-towners: Spencer and I first lived in Carlsbad when we moved to California almost three years ago. The news coverage was nothing short of devastating. Homes, business, and tens of thousands of acres of land burned for days.

Here we are on Saturday morning, and although containment for most of the fires has taken place despite the total number rising to TEN fires, crews are still working to extinguish the remainder. The most gut-wrenching part of all is that our local authorities are treating each case as a crime scene until ruled otherwise. It's disgusting to think about the intentionality to wreck havoc like that, but the belief (as of now) is that the fires were man-made.

Although we could smell smoke in the air since Tuesday, the fires never came close enough to our home to threaten an evacuation. On Wednesday, Spencer was released from work as the Carlsbad fire was inching dangerously close. All I could do was watch the live Twitter feed from my computer screen at work on Wednesday and be equal parts thankful and sad of the whole situation.

I took these photos of the Carlsbad fire from our condo on Wednesday evening, which was about 20 miles away. Many friends and family have called and texted to make sure we were safe, which is so appreciated. While the flames never grew close enough to reach our neighborhood, it was all a little too close for comfort as so many people didn't have the same fortunate outcome.


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