DonAithnen (donaithnen) wrote,

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The hills are alive!

With the, um, er, sight of bright orange shiney things?

Holy fucking _shit_ that is a lot of fire!

Just goes to reafirm that things in real life are a lot more impressive than they are on tv. Even if it's a "small" fire of 150 acres, it's kind of pretty, in an apocalyptic type of way, and definitely impressive to come over the crest of a hill and see an entire ridgeline in flames ahead of you. It wasn't sold fire, but long segments scattered all over on quite a number of hills, several of which were just a hill or two away from the freeway.

Traffic was going really slowly at this point, and had been for awhile. I don't know if the fires had anything to do with it or not. After going past a couple of the fires there was another on the hills above the 57-10 interchange. The ridge above the 10 was on fire, and the 10 was _totally_ stalled, with the backup going up the onramp and back onto the 57. I don't know if the traffic was related to the fire paralleling the freeway or not, because i decided to go around it.

Of course that took me up into the hills past the fire by the 10, and there was a whole nother set of fires on the next ridge. The 210 parallels that ridge, so i drove along them for awhile, close enough i could see the individual columns of flame pretty easily.

By the time i got into Pomona i was mostly past the flames, but that was at the point that i saw the moon rising ahead of me, and it was _red_! When i pulled in the parking lot and got out of the car, i saw flakes of ash scattered on the ground, and then i looked up and could see a very light snow of ash coming down.

I think i left work between 7 and 7:15. I started getting stuck in solid traffic about 7:45. Got home about 8:30 or 8:40, so about an hour and a half to get home compared to the normal 35 - 45 minutes.

Hmmm, and i've got the news on now, apparently it's up to 4000 acres now, grown quite a bit over the day and evening.

The good news though, especially for Allyn, is that no buildings have burnt down yet :)

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