Originally Posted By: rray
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I’m in the central mountains of East County. We’re covered in ash and surrounded by fires on all sides, but not in harm’s way yet. The fires are closing in though. Temperatures are high, and winds are gusting to 51 mph in some areas. The marine layer is supposed to return on Wednesday to bring us some high humidity, but who knows what today and tomorrow will bring. Three homes and one condo that I inspected this year burned down in Scripps Ranch yesterday. There is no sun today. It’s almost totally dark. My dawn-to-dusk lights won’t go off.
I've always been a practical person since my very first home in the floodplains of Houston was flooded away many decades ago. My house here is stucco (duh) with a slate roof, and I have removed all the pine and eucalyptus trees (they are explosive when they burn) and replaced all the landscaping with cactus and succulents to provide fire breaks.
Two of my neighbors, however, have wood shake roofs and we've been keeping an eye on them. Ashes and burning embers carry for miles in these winds.
I've given my employees off today and I'll be going out shortly to help rescue dogs, cats, horses, pigs, cows, and any other wildlife we can find. Wildlife tends to walk through the ashes and burn their little feetsies. And I'll do all this without a single margarita!
Home inspections. . . .
One home at a time.