If you’ve turned on a TV or opened a newspaper, you know by now that there are some serious fires burning in Southern California right now. San Diego County is host to the largest wildfire in state history by some accounts, the Witch Fire. As of now most of these fires are burning uncontrolled with zero containment. By some estimates 1000 or more homes have been lost in Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, and Rancho Santa Fe, and rural east county areas like Potrero and Dulzura.
I went to work on Monday, knowing I might end up going home. As I descended into the Carmel / Sorrento Valley area, the wind was fierce and choked with smoke. I got to my building and immediately got sent back home. The wind is just blasting smoke down the valley from the fire to the east.
Down here in the city, aside from some seriously toxic air, things are fine. Skies are mostly clear, as the fires burn to the north and south. We’re couped up in the house with the AC running to keep the stink out, a little bored but none worse for the wear.