Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Still Evacuated

Along with about 10% of the county of San Diego, we're still evacuated. I can't tell from the news reports if the fire has spread closer to our home, but it appears the fire is burning west toward the coast. Of course, the winds are unpredictable, and we haven't been released for return-- but it looks like, at least for the time-being, our home will be okay. A friend did some recon, and he said things looked quiet last night. But this morning I read they had arrested some looters in Ramona, which doesn't surprise me in the least, though does sadden me.

What's more important, though, is that we're okay, we're all together, and our kids are enjoying themselves on the longest playdate ever. I admit it. I'm pretty freaked out. Much more than I was the last time-- and I could see flames from my house then. But, again, there weren't winds and they were able to sort of contain it. The Witch Fire, which is burning houses in our community, isn't at all contained yet, and it's been burning for a couple days now. Somehow, too, it feels like there's so much more to lose. I'm not talking about our stuff, because that's just stuff. But keeping our kids safe and comfortable-- and more importantly feeling safe and comfortable is hard when we're not feeling that way. But I suppose that's part of what parenting is about. Helping our kids live through disaster without really feeling affected by it. Maybe that's a crazy thought. But they're young.

The city of San Diego is pretty much shut down today, and we know our local schools are closed at least through tomorrow. So we're all home from work/ school (well, not home, but you know what I mean). These sure are interesting times . . .


Johnny said...

We were there on "vacation" in 2003 when we experienced that year's fire. It's pretty freaky to be there in person. I'm glad you and the family are safe.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! My mother told me about the ash landing on their yard/pool/cars. But, since we're out of the country, my coverage of the fire is limited.

I'm glad you and the family are safe - I can't imagine the nerves and fear you must be enduring. We'll be keeping you in our thoughts.

We're flying all day on Wednesday. So, I hope your next update has some good news in it!

Hugs all around!


Anonymous said...

i thought about you all day while the news channels did wall to wall coverage. it looks absolutely awful.

alison frm. dallas

Michelle said...

I pray that you and your family are safe and no harm comes to your home.