Holy Smoke!

Captain’s Log   6,037

Smoke!  I woke up smelling smoke!  That is never a good sign in San Diego.  Not during a drought.  Things can look like this in a matter of hours.


This was taken in 2003.  My first experience with wild fires.  Driven Santa Ana winds that blow east to west off the mountains, the Cedar Fire (which started October 25th) burned 280,278 acres  2,820 buildings (including 2,232 homes) and killed 15 people including one firefighter before being contained on November 3, making it the largest fire in recorded California history.  The fire continued to burn within its perimeter for a little over a month until it was 100% controlled on December 5th.

What can a Santa Ana do?  Lots of damage.  In addition to spreading fire quickly, these winds can roar through and destroy entire neighborhoods.  Gusts can reach 100 mph.  They are not to be ignored.  I have embedded a video.  If you can get past the hokey folk song, the images are very compelling.

I just checked again for smoke.  Smells are gone.  All is well.  For now.


Filed under Captain Poolie's observations

14 responses to “Holy Smoke!

  1. I can see why you’d be concerned waking to the smell of smoke (though I think anyone would be alarmed waking to the smell of smoke!) I’m glad it turned out to be something less extreme..

  2. Patty O"

    Yup. Blew a transformer and that ignited the fire. No word on the condition of the bird… There’s no Santa Ana blowing right now; the rapidly dissipating Mexican hurricane is gifting us with cloying humidity today, but not with the rain that would have made it bearable. We will stay hot and dry. Hydrate, Everybody, hydrate!

  3. bholles

    There was a brush fire at Torrey Pines but that is not close to you.

  4. Oh god. I hope it was just BBQ….

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