San Diego Soliloquies

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Damn Lucky

The winds died yesterday and the Cedar fire moved east. Compare this map, taken 10/27/03 at 0700 MDT to this one 24 hours later. (Look at the center bottom edge for San Diego. California's kind of big, isn't it?)

My brother and his family are safe and apparently both their houses (they were moving to a new one) were spared. And spared is pretty much the only word to describe it. Reading this list of houses known to be destroyed shows that every street surrounding them lost houses, some lost every house on the street. Of course the first thing they did on moving in was to rip off the wood shakes and install fireproof roofing. No matter where you live, if you have a wood shake roof, tear it off as soon as you can. Firemen here call those houses that still have wood shakes, "candles".


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