There is a significant downside to 80 degree temperatures in January. The hills are a tinderbox. Carelessness with illegal campfires can set the local world ablaze–and that’s just what happened yesterday.
As I headed into work…
And pulled off the freeway…
From the office window the fire was still primarily in the hills to the east of my vantage point. But it began to spread quickly. We stood on the porch outside our office and watched the fire jump from hot spot to hot spot, thinking of our many friends who live north of the University and were more than likely being evacuated.
It spread so quickly. It only takes a few short minutes to engulf the entire hillside.
We listened to helicopter water drops throughout most of the day.
This morning’s early news reports the Colby Fire, burning in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains above Glendora and Azusa, has consumed more than 1700 acres, destroying five homes and 17 buildings and is about 35% contained.
We are still under a red-flag warning due to persistent foothill winds and extremely low humidity levels. We have had no significant rain in a very long time. This certainly illustrates our drought conditions, doesn’t it?
The challenges to breathing lighter are a little more complicated today, but I’ll do my best. I’m not in any danger at all, but the air quality isn’t good. It will be a stay-indoors kind of day, I think.
I am also trying to avoid the news coverage with constant reminders that today is the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake –a 6.7 temblor that lasted only 10 seconds but killed 57 people and injured 9,000.
All the earthquake talk just makes me jumpy!
So I think today is a good day for lots of music and very little talk.
I am headed down later today to spend time with two little girls. They can take my mind off of almost any troubling news.
I hope you have a breathing lighter day today with clear skies and no shaky ground–figuratively or literally. Let’s extend that to enjoying the entire weekend.
Your friend in the wild west…Debra