Fire Season, Rain Season

Thankfully, it looks like the massive Station Fire is slowing down. Our thanks and prayers with the firefighters who have been slugging it out on the front lines.

Tuesday night was a little scary, when the fire moved over into the canyons above Monrovia, and for a little while Gretchen and I had to think through what we would pack up and what we would leave if the call came to evacuate. This is the first time we’ve lived close enough to the city / mountain divide to have to think about things like that. I don’t like it.

So, not to add more fear to anyone’s week, but I haven’t really heard anyone talking about this yet. This winter marks the return of El Niño, and all that comes with it. I wonder how the hillsides in the burn areas will fare if the rain really starts pouring in a few months.

Well, that’s for another day, I guess. I’m just glad that the danger is abating, for now.

4 thoughts on “Fire Season, Rain Season

  1. aly hawkins

    We don’t live near a steep hill, so we don’t have to worry too much about mudslides coming down on us. But we’ve heard that last time El Niño came around, Ojai was pretty much cut off from the rest of the world for a week or so. There was a large slide that blocked the Arnaz Pass (the two-lane, winding road that leads into the Valley from Ventura) and one that cut off Hwy 150 (the mountain road that connects Ojai to Santa Paula). I guess we’ll see . . .

  2. Stick

    Yeah, we were in Topanga Canyon for the last El Nino (spanish for “The Nino”). June was working in Malibu, I was in Santa Monica. Needless to say, it seemed like every other day one end or the other of the canyon was closed, or Malibu Canyon or Kanan or whatever, so we both learned a lot of other ways to and from our work. 101 to 405 over the hill ALWAYS sucked.

  3. Stick

    Oh, and we had one of those “what would we take” moments the other day when a fire broke out in Auburn. We got an automated call from the Sheriff’s dept saying there was a “mandatory evacuation”. It was roughly moving our direction, but it seemed a little far-fetched so we didn’t actually leave, but we did gather up the photo albums, insurance papers, and I was about to pull the HD rig apart. Eventually it came out that the call was a mistake, but it sure puts things into perspective in a hurry. There were a couple families in our church that lost everything though. It moved extremely fast and they had no time to grab anything. Crazy.

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