Saturday, November 15, 2008

Orange County on Fire

Orange county has a couple of wild fires a few miles from me, one in the hills of my city and the other a few miles further to the north, they may end up merging. I was driving back from Los Angeles thru choking smoke to return to ashes floating thru the air and the sun an odd hazy red.
The skies overhead were dark and looked like rain clouds, the dark grey/black smoke beginning to fill the sky. Its been a few minutes since I took this photo and now the sky is completely grey/black. From my window it looks like the smoke is starting to drop lower and the smoke is quite thick and is burning my eyes the closest thing to describe its appearance would be a very thick fog. I turned my air filters to full blast and hope that will be good enough.
There is an eerie stillness outside, no birds flitting about or singing their sweet song, I just took a quick peek and saw the ashes were beginning to cover everything in a blanket and the fires still blaze out of control in the strong Santa Ana's that are blowing so hot now. I hope they will be able to get a handle on it soon. I think I will go and knit now, it can be so comforting to feel the yarn as it flows thru my fingers.

10 comments:

judy said...

Your pictures of the sky, that sun, are say it all. Scary and very beautiful.

smariek said...

Scary, that's just too close.

Wool Winder said...

I saw the report on TV this morning. It looks bad. Hope you are not in the path of this destructive fire.

Jean said...

The fires are moving away from me now and the air is starting to clear some, the winds have died down, so it looks like we will be ok. The boys were really well behaved being locked in all night are were so glad to have free use of their doggie door again.

Dave said...

As the others said, beautiful and scary at the same time. Here's hoping they'll be able to contain the fires soon. Stay safe.

gilraen said...

I agree!! Very Scary indeed!! Great photos BTW :)

Keep safe.

Kody May said...

Gorgeous, eerie pictures. Keep yourself safe

Erica said...

There are so many unknowns in situations like this! You can see the depth of things in your photographs. I hope that you are able to stay safe and I am glad that my Fall photos provided a bit of an escape for you :)

ambermoggie said...

Very scary Jean, hope all are ok.
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Val said...

Great photos and awesoome description and commentary of the experience. Glad to hear that the situation improved.