This is a photo of the 300+ acre fire that is going on over at the Pala Indian Reservation, which is less than a couple miles from my home. I've never been this close to a fire before. I'm a veteran when it comes to Fire Season, however. I grew up in California and this is nothing new to us. Fires and Quakes, it's what we do.
I'm not going to lie, this time it's a little different, and I'm a tad stressed out. Not only do I own my house that is so close to this burning monstrosity, but I also have dogs to think about now, as well as finals to prepare for.
I basically did a drive by at school today. I went in, gave my presentation (by the way, thank you to my classmates who were gracious enough to let me go first so I could get back home in case of evacuation; your kindness is much appreciated), and then I took off. I left my house at 0630, and here I am home by 0900. Now, to sit an wait. I'm hoping the fire gets contained. As of 0630 it was 60% contained, and as of 0800, 40% contained. So, we are making progress. But, I've been living here long enough to know that any kind of unfavorable wind and we could be back up to full blaze again. I will relax when it's 100% contained.
My plan for the day: Keep the air on because the air sucks, soot and ash doesn't smell good, and it makes a mess with open windows & focus on studying for finals with the news on in the background so I can keep updated with what's going on environmentally around here.