September 29, 2005

Hades Valley

As you can probably see from my sidebar, I've spent today at home watching the fires approaching from the southeast. I'm talking about the Chatsworth Topanga er, Big Fires that struck yesterday morning in the Northwest San Fernando Valley. The fire shut down the 118 Freeway in both directions for a major part of the day, forcing me to take a BIG detour to get home after work. I left Universal at 6pm, I walked in my door just after 8:30pm. Fun!

When I got home, my brothers Matt and James came into my room, pleading with me to take them to a higher point just a few blocks from here to get a better view of the orange glow emanating from the south hills. We could see flames in the distance, over near Rocky Peak, and the orange glow was coming from somewhere near the old rocket testing site, Rocketdyne.

I woke early this morning to gauge how early to leave for work. I stepped outside, and saw smoke, large volumes of it, coming from the hills nearby. I decided to stay home for a bit, to see what happened. Well, the flames are moving ever closer. The sound of planes overhead is nearly non-stop - the water-dropping air tankers keep making passes.

And just recently, the sound of sirens has become non-stop - fire and police trucks swarming ever closer to my neighborhood. It's really pretty exciting. When the smoke started coming overhead, my dad got worried, because we have old wood-shingle roofing. So he went and started hosing it down. Wow. The sirens are REALLY close now! I'm sure our home is in no immediate danger, but the wind is starting to get really crazy down here, and I'm sure the newly-built homes in the area might be in a dangerous spot right about now.


posted by julie at September 29, 2005 12:04 PM

things people have said

Hey your blog was just on CNN for your wild fire reporting! Congratulations!

so said: Daniel at September 29, 2005 01:42 PM

wow, sounds scary! anyways, saw your pictures on CNN just a couple of minutes ago. congrats ?? haha

so said: nathan yagi-stanton at September 29, 2005 01:43 PM

I came to the blog after CNN mentioned it. Nice writing - gives a person a greater sense of how it is there

so said: Barbara at September 29, 2005 01:47 PM

You made CNN! Do you have a hit counter? I bet your site will get lots. Cool site by the way!

so said: Lynn at September 29, 2005 02:00 PM

I saw you on CNN. Great pictures. Don't forget to update. Thanks

so said: Meridith at September 29, 2005 02:03 PM

Hey, I thought I would check out your blog after seeing your pictures on CNN! Nice work! I will be checking it out again in the future. Stay safe!

so said: Canadian Chris at September 29, 2005 02:04 PM

Julie..thanks for the updates in pics..would you by chance know if thousand oaks has been under an evacuation order as of yet? my grand-mother is on shadow lake dr.I
can not get through by land line and I am in Colorado.Any Fb would be a blessing from you...thank you,and please keep safe.

so said: Lorianne(LA)for short at September 29, 2005 02:05 PM



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