Monday, October 22, 2007

They're Heeeeere...

The Santa Ana's are HOT, dry, strong gusty winds that plague Southern California from September to February off and on every year. They're born in the Rocky Mountains, and push their way down to us through the high deserts, warming 5 degrees every 1,000 feet they fall, usually fanning brush fires along the way. Today there are 13 fires burning in Southern California, and the smoke and ash is everywhere. My brother just bought a new house, not 10 miles from where a huge fire is burning in the Foothill Ranch area. In San Diego county, over 250,000 have been evacuated from their homes. Power is out in many areas. I'm praying that the winds don't shift overnight, sending the fires in new directions, and doing any more damage than they already are. The worst part about it all, is that many of the fires are started by arsons, who know the Santa Ana's will send a fire out of control. We see it every year, each one more devistating than the last. It's just so very sad, and my heart goes out to those that are dealing with this nightmare.