Captain’s Log 5,637
Ended up traveling to the mountains after all yesterday. It wasn’t my call since it wasn’t my birthday, so off we went. The big fire was finally under control and there didn’t seem to be any problem.
Until the ride back down the mountain on the “safe” side. This is what we saw just south of Ramona. A young fire (actually a series of three) burning along the roadside and into the pastures. It went up so fast! At first glance it looked like a bonfire. Within 30 seconds, it looked like this.
Scary stuff, these fires
It had just started and response teams were not there yet. People were pulling off the road with coolers and whatever water they had to try putting them out. There were horses in this pasture, and they were completely crazed by the fire. We decided to move on and stay out of the way. They closed the highway three cars behind us. Not sure how we would have been re-directed since there is really only one way down the mountain unless you take the long route that puts you about 40 miles north of San Diego.
Just down the road 25 minutes later there was another fire. A bunch of stacked hay bales burned and spread about 15 acres. I suspect arson in all of this.
Here are some shots from the Ramona online news about yesterday’s fires.
Fighting the blaze on the ground
Fire plane drops retardant
So that was it in a nutshell. Nice day in the mountains followed by a series of brush fires on the way home. It’s always something.