The Witch Fire in San Diego has already burned 145,000 acres and is 0% contained.
The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but it’s beleive to have started when strong santa ana winds blew down some powerlines.
This is the reported damage so far, but The Witch Fire is far from being extinguished and is burning out of control:
600 structures have been destroyed (500 residences, 50 outbuildings and 100 commercial properties).
300 structures have been damaged (250 residences, 75 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings)
There has been 7 injuries to firefighters and 1 injury to a civilian. There has been one reported fatality of a man that tried to defend his home from the fire.
Communities threatened: San Diego, Poway, Ramona, Escondido, Lakeside, Valley Center, San Marcos, Rancho Santa Fe.
Currently there are 89 engines, 9 fire crews, 10 dozers, 2 water tenders — about 625 firefighters.
There is also another fire burning in south San Diego, which has been named the Harris Fire. The Harris fire is only 5% contained and has burned over 22,000 acres.
I’ve been really upset all day because I was absolutely certain that my moms house, horses and dogs all got burned up by the San Diego Witch fire. See the star on the map below? That is where my mom and her husband Gary live. And the red is where the fire has already burned through:
They got evacuated last night, and there hasn’t been much info on what has been burned down. BUT, one of her friends snuck through the police barricades and visited her house. It’s still there! Apparently one of the few left standing in Rancho Santa Teresa (which is what her neighborhood in Ramona is called). And the dogs and horses are okay for the time being (my moms friend fed them all when she snuck through). So keep those positive vibes coming until this is over. The fires are nowhere near contained and the santa ana winds can switch direction with no notice at all.
The fire is traveling fast and swallowing up homes left and right. My grandparents live in Poway and I thought they evacuated earlier today, but I just found out they they havn’t. I’m going to assume they know what they are doing and try not to worry. Over 70 homes have been fully engulfed in Poway and this is not even close to being over.
From what I understand, my brothers house in Rancho Santa Fe is also in danger. They were watching the flames move over the mountain on his web cam, but the power has since gone out. Luckly his house has no exposed wood and the roof is slate (rock), so fingers crossed.
I can’t beleive this is happening again.
More info on the fires at SignonSanDiego.com and the fire update blog.
The transformation has begun…
I just paid $3200 (via Paypal, nonetheless..haha) for an old beat up Ford Bronco that I have never even seen. Those will be my wheels when I get down to Puerto Rico on Monday. Ahhhhhhhhhh. It’s so refreshing. Back to the basics, just like I like it.
I won’t have to worry about the high maintanence that comes with a “luxury” vehicle (washing, waxing and polishing the chrome rims so they burn out the retinas of pedestians), or the retarded gas prices (I paid $4 per gallon tonight for premium gas. To make it even more annoying, the gas pumps cut off at $75, so I have to do two separate transactions to fill up the stupid tank.). Best of all, I get to shirk the stereotype I get stamped with whenever someone sees me driving the BMW. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my X5. It was the 1st car I straight up paid cash for and yes, I am very proud of myself. But, I would have NEVER spent so much on a car if I didn’t get the monster tax write off that I got for buying the X5 (the official Vicious Enterprises company vehicle). I’m frugal and I always will be. What can I say . Unfortunately, it very rare that anyone sees the X5 and thinks that I actually worked my ass off to earn it. The looks I usually get are more of the “oh, daddy bought blondie a Beemer”…I guess I am still in shock at how completely different people treat you when you drive an expensive car. It’s so fricking stupid. Any who, goodbye shallow southern California stereo types. Helllloooooo Puerto Rico compound!
Today I played 18 holes of golf at the Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course with Stefan
and my brother
. It was a freakin’ BEAUTIFUL San Diego day and we had a great time. I really, reaaaaalllllly like the Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course. It’s actually the 1st course that I learned to golfed on and only after I’ve been to other courses, I realize that it is one of the best executive courses, for sure. I golfed at Goat Hill in Oceanside, CA once and that dump made me realize how awesome Lomas Santa Fe really is.
I havn’t golfed in a couple of months (working way to much, blah), but I fell back into it nicely and did pretty well. I also kicked Shawns ass (although, he does normally beat me, so he wasn’t having such a great game). And, if the beautiful day and good score wasn’t enough, a ridiculously adorable duck and nine ducklings waddled past us on the 17th hole (I followed them and caught the conversation above)…