Monday, June 16, 2008

Rough Winds and Fire

Rough winds may shake the darling buds of May, but in June, they tear the crap out of new leaves! Our poor trees! The leaves are really torn up, and they just came out! Hopefully the trees will be able to get enough nutrients still...

At least the winds have finally died down, and the weather's turned dampish, if not outright wet, so they're allowing evacuated families to return to their homes. We had another power outage last night for a few hours, but otherwise nothing new happened for us (thank God!).

One thing that amazed me during this whole thing was the Rumor Mill. It was INSANE!! The rumors were flying fast, furious and out of control! Every hour, talking to people, you'd hear of some new street evacuation, or that the power was going to be shut off for safety reasons in a couple of hours, and on and on and on! It was really nuts! Especially considering none of it was true! At least the Chronicle-Herald was good about keeping people up to date (if they had Internet access) - so if you could get there, you could see a running list of current evacuation notices. And NO power shutdowns listed. :)

Hopefully soon they will be able to re-open the highway to the city - right now a normally 20 minute drive takes an hour or so. Glad I don't have to go to the city today! :)

Now that things are settling down, talk is starting to turn to what actually caused this fire in the first place. I assumed it was some careless homeowner doing a "controlled" burn of his yard on a WAY too windy day, but now there is a RUMOR (there it is again) that it started behind an elementary school, leading some to believe that it was started by some kids. But, ONLY TIME WILL TELL. It'll be interesting to see, for sure. There was a lot of inconvenienced people, money lost for stores and other businesses (shippers couldn't use the highway, power outages, etc.), and property damage and loss. Not to mention the stress!

Glad it's all (seemingly) coming to a close. :)

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