September 30, 2005
Here we go again. I don’t live in an area known to have brush fires. In fact, there is very little brush where we live. There are, however, the verdugo hills further up and there is plenty of brush there.
This picture was taken while standing right outside my front door. The house you see in the foreground is my neighbor’s, across the street (that column is their chimney). The flames sometimes shot up 2-3 stories in the air and seemed to be cyclical as if they’d flare up when going through heavy brush, die down shortly, then flare up again as it edged towards the top of the mountain and headed in our direction. Up until now, it hasn’t quite gotten to our side of the mountain (and there is a valley in between us and the fire) but it’s got to be close considering how much of the flames we’re seeing.
Lots of neighbors were hanging around outside watching, listening to the local channel for evacuation notices (they’ve already set up a place at McCambridge Park)…others went inside to “prepare.” Even Robert sees the fire.
I also don’t see planes or helicopters working on the fire. I assume since visibility is low (due to both darkness and smoke) that they don’t operate at night.
Hmmm….if this site goes down, I’ve already packed my family and left.