The smoke is getting worse here in Irvine. We’re so happy that the Santa Ana’s have stopped, but without wind (or, getting the wind coming off the ocean now), the smoke is staying thick in the valleys and across the city. It was like driving in a light fog this moring. I hear that in many places, the fire was so hot that the houses literally caught on fire from the inside out. Spontaneously combusting from within.
And no one is talking (yet) about what will happen in these areas when the rains eventually come. Fires and landslides go hand-in-hand around here.
I received these pictures in an email this morning….I’m sorry but the photographer (s) weren’t mentioned – they were sent in an chain-style email, asking for Prayer for the Firefighters, and all of the communities that are affected.
Here’s a link where you can see a video of the Valley Oaks MHP in Fallbrook. Our company owns a home there and we will probably be the ones that will be going in to clean up the park – and hopefully – get these people into new homes. Fallbrook is our ‘avocado’ region and according to the last figures I heard, +40% of the crops have been destroyed. Here’s the link to the video: http://www.nctimes.com/movie/valleyoak1007/viewer.html
We just got an email that our park in Warner Springs (San Diego County) is on Mandatory evacuation. Our employees who live there (the onsite managers) were just text messaged to GET OUT!
I’ll let the pictures say the rest.