Salutations my lovely followers. So if you haven’t heard yet, there are terrible fires occurring all over Southern California. They started yesterday very close to where I live. From there, they’ve progressed to all of Southern California. I’m trying not to freak out, but it’s scary, knowing that your city and that surrounding cities are engulfed in flames. I’d like to send my praise and thanks to all the brave men and women involved in the fires. I, we, appreciate you to no end. I can’t imagine how exhausted you must be. Also, my heart goes out to all of the people who were affected by these fires. One of my best friend’s house burned down as well as countless others. Most of my friends had to evacuate, as I may have to as well. Please spread awareness of what is happening here and keep us in your prayers.
There are 8 fires burning in the San Diego area. They suspect that some of them were intentionally started. Carlsbad (my city) is in flames and is hosting the worst of the fires.
The first picture is the house at the end of my cul-de-sac. It’s much older than the rest of the houses on my street, so it was the most vulnerable. The third picture was taken at the intersection by my house. My family is okay and our house is safe.
No human lives have been lost as of yet but many houses have been burned down. Stay safe everyone!
not exactly enjoying this whole fire business today.
our area is right in the center of the 10 wildfires that have been going on today. really hoping the wind doesn’t decide to be a dick and swoosh in our direction… bags prepped and everything. just in case.
We are home now. The backyard is burned, but we weren’t broken into and my cat is okay :) everything behind my house is burned and the air is ashy and smoky. We’re gonna stay with friends for another night to let the air clear some more and maybe come back for real tomorrow.
So glad I didn’t go to school today. I think my home is safe but I’m worried about some of my friends. I hope everyone is safe. These fires are crazy but my dogs and family and are I evacuated and safe
Wildfires Engulf Southern California, Burn More Than 20,000 Acres
A spate of wildfires charred more than 20,000 acres, as of Friday, in Southern California. The fires forced thousands to evacuate.
1. Updated — May 17, 9 p.m. PT
Fire crews discovered a “badly burned body” in a Carlsbad transient encampment Thursday. The body was discovered as firefighters checked the Poinsettia fire burn site for hot spots. Officials did not know the victim’s identity Thursday evening and did not provide additional details.
Thousands of Californians watched the sun set Wednesday through a haze of gray smoke, wondering if firefighters would be able to save their homes.
The smoke rose from nine different wildfires across southern California, which collectively charred more than 10,000 acres. The fires, fueled by dry winds and low humidity, destroyed buildings and promoted a declaration of emergency from Gov. Jerry Brown.
Joe Cesare was among those who evacuated Wednesday. From his office near San Marcos where he had taken shelter, Cesare told BuzzFeed he spent his lunch break climbing to the top of a nearby hill. From there, he could see four separate fires in different parts of San Diego County.
Then, hours later, Cesare got the call: His own neighborhood was being evacuated after yet another blaze erupted in San Marcos. Cesare rushed home. With his wife, he threw family photos into the car, gathered up their dog, and drove away.
As Cesare waited for news Wednesday evening, he stared out of his office window watching a massive DC-10 air tanker drop fire retardant on the blaze. The air smelled smoky, he said, even inside the office.
Arson investigators are looking into the fire, with San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn saying the number of separate blazes seemed like “too much of a coincidence,” according to the Times of San Diego.
Carlsbad Fire Chief Michael Davis went further: “Each fire will be looked at as a crime scene until it’s proven to be accidental.”
Firefighters make hike through burned vegetation during a wildfire Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad, California. Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out Wednesday in Southern California during a second day of a sweltering heat wave, taxing fire crews who fear the scattered fires mark only the beginning of a long wildfire season.
Berlant said the fire died down over night but flared up Thursday afternoon as winds picked up again. The fire began moving into nearby Escondido Thursday, prompting even more evacuations.
Escondido City reported Thursday that the fire destroyed a home and two outbuildings, though spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said officials would likely have an updated list of damages Friday.
The San Marcos fire got a late start Wednesday — it didn’t begin until about 4 p.m., Tolmachoff said — but quickly grew to be among the most dangerous of Wednesday’s blazes. This fire expanded to roughly 450 acres by nightfall, in the process destroying three buildings and damaging two others, Tolmachoff told BuzzFeed.
Glenn Farrell helps his brother, Joe Brown, right, as they douse water on smoldering vegetation around their home during a wildfire Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Escondido, Calif. One of the nine fires burning in San Diego County suddenly flared Thursday afternoon and burned close to homes, trigging thousands of new evacuation orders.
Allen called this fire the most “erratic” of al the blazes Wednesday night. This fire changed names several times; initially it was called the Washingtonian fire, and later became known as the Cocos fire.
The Pulgas fire broke out Thursday afternoon and by 5 p.m. had burned about 600 acres at Camp Pendleton. Firefighters had not managed to contain the blaze Thursday afternoon. Cal Fire Spokesman Daniel Berlant had very little information about this fire, but confirmed that it was the third active blaze on the military base. The fire was burning near a sewage plant.