We had to leave our home yesterday evening, after spending the whole day watching news and packing our stuff. We weren't officially evacuated, but decided to leave as the closest fire to our home was only 4 miles away. As far as we know, our home is not in the danger zone (yet) but we're expecting another day of very high winds, very low humidity and very high temperatures and this makes matters worse. Already over 250,000 people have left their homes, and more than 600 homes have been destroyed. San Diego faces the biggest fires (over 180,000 acres burned in the Witch Fire which is now north of our home) and this firestorm has already been referred to as Katrina in San Diego. The only positive thing about this is that so much has been learned since the Cedar Fire in 2003, only one person has died because of the fire, the officials and EMT teams are co-operating and working better together and people listen to the news and follow the instructions given to them. So far, evacuations have been going on smoothly, although the fires are nowhere near contained.
All our friends are ok, but we do not know what has happened in the areas they live, or if their homes are still there, so we'll know more later. I'll keep you updated. We're spending today at my aunt's home, but might be able to return home tonight or perhaps tomorrow, depending on the winds.
Me jouduttiin lahtemaan kotoa eilen illalla kuuden aikaan, kun tuuli kaantyi ja lahin maastopalo oli vain 4 mailin (n. 6,5km) meilta kotoa. Virallisesti meita ei evakuoitu, mutta paatettiin lahtea sukulaisiin jo hyvissa ajoin, ettei tarvitse sitten keskella yota lahtea. Toivottavasti palot asettuvat tanaan, mutta ainakin aamupaivalla odotetaan viela kovia tuulia, suhteellinen ilmankosteus on alle 10%, ja lampotilat nousevat yli 30 asteen, joten voi olla, etta ei paasta kotiin viela tanaan, toivon mukaan huomenna. Yli 600 kotia on jo palanut, ja yli neljannesmiljoona diegolaista on joutunut lahtemaan kodeistaan. Kaikki meidan ystavat ovat kunnossa, mutta ei viela tiedeta, onko kodit pystyssa. Laitan lisaa tietoa jahka tiedetaan itse lisaa.