Things are looking (somewhat) up for me...although the fires are now 10-12 miles away, the Santa Ana winds are supposed to die down tonight/tomorrow. If we don't get the call to evacuate by tomorrow morning, I think we'll be in the clear. If we DO have to go, the cars are packed and my Mother-in-Law lives downtown by the coast where it should be safe.
All schools and most non-essential businesses are closed all week. Poor air quality forces the family to spend all day indoors (surfing the web and playing the Wii).
News is not so good for the some 250,000 people already evacuated (in San Diego county alone) and the thousands of people who have (or will have) lost homes, businesses, livestock. Many of my co-workers live in the areas already burned.
Most of these fires are completely uncontained at this point, with the largest projected to continue to burn for another week and a half.
The Governator and FEMA honchos have already been here, and Bush is supposed to show Thursday.
The fire response is 10x better than the 2003 fires (that got to within 1/2 mile of the house), and the relief effort is 1,000x better coordinated than Katrina was.
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