Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Scary

The fire down the street from us (Santiago Canyon/Modjeska Canyon/Silverado Canyon/Foothill Ranch/Portola Hills depending on which section of it they're talking about) is getting worse and worse. You can see flames from the end of our neighborhood--not that the fire is AT the end of our neighborhood, but it's still extremely disconcerting to realize how close it is. Just heard that one of our favorite restaurants is being threatened--in fact, the area it's in is probably my favorite part of the county. There's a road at the end of town that goes down into the canyon, all twisty-turny, and when you get down there it's like being in a storybook--all giant trees growing over the road and horse farms and camp grounds and spooky-looking properties that look like they have at least a couple resident ghosts. There's even a Buddhist monastery. I can't imagine it all burned out. Not to mention, of course, all the people that live down there.

And to think someone started this fire on purpose. It makes me sick to my stomach.

3 comments:

Tim said...

I was thinking of you and your family. Hope everyone else like Mom and Dad are safe as well....

Julia said...

I think the fire was started by accident, maybe some idiot arsonist started it but didn't think it would burn the entire southern half of the state. No clue why the media is attributing the fire to al-Qa'eda or terrorism. I go to CSU Northridge and some classes of mine were cancelled, not because the fire was in the Valley but because some of the professors were affected. Everything here is back to normal for the most part.

Alison Strobel Morrow said...

Terrorism!? That's a new one; no one down here has been talking about that. The Dan Diego fires weren't arson, as far as I know, but ours here in Santiago Canyon was--they've found two separate locations where an accelerant was used. We've had 4 other arson fires in our area in the last six months; it doesn't surprise me at all that one of them finally caused some serious damage.