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Flower stem emerging from Aloe petricola; Leucospermum 'Tango' first flowers color up   No gardening today.  The wind is ripping branches, leaves, and flowers from shrubs and trees today.  At least it's a cold Santa Ana this time, not hot, and a strange one, because the sky is grey with clouds instead of the usual tannish with blowing dust.  A low pressure system from the south and a high pressure system from the north are meeting to squeeze Great Basin air, sending it roaring through our neighborhood.  The neighbor's dead Eucalyptus rocks stiffly, like Frankenstein's Monster walking; the live Eucs, with considerable grace, sway.  An occasional leaf blown hard, hits window glass with a plunk.  Birds are absent.   Indoors, I look at garden photos and consider light.   Late afternoon light: Midday light: Late afternoon: Midday: Advantage, late afternoon.   Overcast morning: Sunny morning: Advantage overcast.   Late afternoon, really too late, but with the sun behind

Here We Go Again

 Two different sunrises. This morning, just as the sun rose...


This one, a couple of days ago, was so much nicer.
Fortunately, if such a term can be used about a fire, the new fire is burning towards the location of last month's fire, to areas where everything is already burnt to the ground.  That should stop it in its tracks.  I could hear the fire fighter helicopters roaring by as I took the photos. 

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  1. Oh, NOOOO. I thought this tear of disasters was almost over. Forecast for increased Santa Ana winds here, red flag for you.No foreseeabl rain until mid December. Maybe.

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    1. Yeah, not good, not good. Could be worse, though. New president, vaccine...

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  2. Oh no! Would terrify me to have that view so close. Hope it burns itself out.

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    1. We've had a whole lot of practice learning to stay calm (but very, very alert). We're very lucky, we got through this one (at least for now).

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  3. The smoke's so heavy here I can't see much of the harbor and too thick to spend any time outside. My husband was up at 5am shutting windows and turning on our air filtering system and I signed online to check where the fires were. I was worried about you when I read about the Bond fire. I'm glad it seems manageable.

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    1. It headed straight for us at one point but they got it out. Whew! Dodged another one. Clear again here after being completely smoked in at one point, but the air is still horrible. Reeks. No gardening for a few days, probably.

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  4. An hour later. Are you under evacuation orders? Do you have power?

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    1. We got a prepare-to-evacuate notice as the fire pushed directly toward us, with smoke that got really really bad. It looked dicey. Then the helicopter super tanker jumped on it and that section of the fire was out in about half an hour. So they saved us again.

      Looks like they have made great progress on other parts of the fire, including down southeast by Dear Husband's office. (DH has been working at home since March, so he's fine.) A good part of the fire burned towards the burn area of the October fire and was stopped because there was nothing to burn.

      Two fire fighters injured and taken to hospital. Hope they will be okay.

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    2. never did lose power--yet anyway. The county was out driving around our neighborhood just after sunrise this morning checking the wires. SCE was out here all summer cutting stuff back away from their lines--guess it worked.

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  5. Thought of you and checked the fire maps early this morning. The air quality is horrendous here, with visible ash falling. Another day for staying indoors!

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    1. We got smoked in for a while when the wind shifted. It shifted a lot, back and forth, erratic. Air smells horrible, must stay inside. I had just gotten rid of my cough from the last fire, now it will probably come back.

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  6. Saw that fire on my Guardian news feed and wondered how you are.

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    1. Threatened for about 40 minutes, on the verge of evac, but they got that part of the fire knocked out, so we're okay again. It's been a hectic morning keeping watch. But we're lucky. the firefighters are doing a fantastic job.

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    2. Fire sounds scarier than a hurricane, things change so fast and then you’ve got to get out. My FIL’s sister-in-law had lived in No. California for years and then decided to move after wildfires came close to their home in 2018.

      I hope your power stays on and most of all that you can stay at home. Dealing with all that smoke sounds terrible.

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    3. Thanks, Sweetbay. The fire is mostly out and is ESE of us now so we're okay, except for intermittent bad air. Several people near the ignition point have lost their homes, unfortunately. We were very lucky.

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  7. I'm so sorry. I have vivid memories of our air quality - not to mention the sense of pending doom - we felt earlier this fall. I feel for you all down there, and send you all the good karma I have.

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    1. Thanks, we're okay again. We were very, very lucky and once again the firefighters did brilliant work.

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  8. Oh My... Such dramatic, different sunrises. I hope the fire stays away from you. I would be a nervous wreck if I was watching it come toward my home.

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    1. It got iffy at one point, but the super tanker helicopter got out the portion heading for our neighborhood. Very grateful to the firefighters and those amazing helicopter pilots!

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  9. Wish I could send you the night-long steady rain we just had. The fire season seems to start earlier and finish later each year now. Tanker helicopters FTW! I hope you avoid another round of cough, that's so wearing.

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    1. Thank you, Nell. A long steady rain sounds like heaven right now. Maybe in two or three weeks we might have a chance for some. Another wind event on Monday, sigh.

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