Sunday, October 26, 2003
San Diego is burning: Forget Sunday football. The local TV stations are showing football -- at times -- in a small picture-in-picture.
At the time of this writing:
10 12 people dead
- 4 separate fires
100+ 250+ structures destroyed
- I-15 is closed
- Highway 52 is closed from I-15 to Route 125
- Several electricity transmission lines down
- 800+ firefighters fighting the fire
- 96,000 acres burned
The San Diego Union-Tribune's Web site is up and down -- getting battered by hundreds of thousands, and probably millions of hits.
Outside my condo, smoke can be seen to the south and east:
It's tough to get a handle on the scope of these fires. Maps they're showing on the news are completely useless. The Union-Tribune's map isn't a whole lot better. I know the fire is within just a few miles of my home -- the news occassionally mentions that the Paradise Fire nearing Escondido proper coming from the Dixon Lake area.
The sun's just gone down, and the view from in front of my condo complex in Escondido includes the front lines of the Paradise fire (flames are highlighted in the white box):