back home in San Diego
By walterbays on Oct 24, 2007
We're back home. There was heavy smoke through Camp Pendleton with many fires burning
on east side of I-5 and a few fires burning on west side, but road is now open
in both directions. The sky here is clearer today than in the Santa Ana / Tustin area,
which is the southern most location that is more or less out of the
smoke. I hope we can all safely stay put this time. The last I heard the Witch Fire was only 1% contained, but with calm winds and more firefighting resources it seems likely they will be able to contain it, and tomorrow Mother Nature is supposed to help with some sea breezes. In fact right now the wind has already shifted (weakly) to WNW.
I heard Governor Schwarzenneger thanking all the states that had sent firefighting crews to help, and I am certainly thankful also. But he did miss thanking our neighbor city Tijuana which sent 60 firefighters to assist. Gracias!
The Sun campus emergency team has been great with information and offers of support. We even got mail from Jonathan Schwarz pledging Sun's support, and reminding us that family comes first and our Sun colleagues will fill in for us as needed. On the campus alias there are offers to take in people who lost their homes, and Sun has set up a wiki for everyone to communicate regarding the fires, tips, and help. It's a great place to work in good times and bad.