Thursday, June 28, 2012
I'm feeling less worried today. They had a good day with the winds yesterday, and a little bit of rain. Not nearly enough, though. The fire isn't contained, but it isn't spreading either. Part of the panic on Tuesday was because of the wind gust in the Canyon, the fire doubled in size in a short period of time.
Yesterday I posted a picture of a familiar feature of my hometown. Here's a comparison photo of what it's supposed to look like, versus what it looked like on Tuesday:
This is why I paniced!
They didn't know how much faster or farther it would spread. The houses closest to the mountains are still in very precarious situation, and hundreds of homes have been lost. Some of my friends can't return to work because the smoke makes it too treacherous. Air quality is bad because of the ash and smoke. The local YMCA near my parents' house is being used as an evac shelter, so that's a good sign they consider that area a safe zone for now. It is wait and see, but less dire today.
It's been really incredible that despite the devastation, not one life has been lost. The firefighters and emergency response teams have been superb in getting people to safety.