San Diego County in California is facing some fierce fires that are ripping through neighborhoods and have forced more than 500,000 people to evacuate. The 4 different fires have burnt 263,000 acres and destroyed or damaged 1,750 homes and 100 businesses. I’m in the middle of the fires. No, not in the middle of an actual fire zone, but sandwiched between two fires. While I think my area is relatively safe, that is not the case for so many friends and colleagues. In fact, I am housing my old roommate who had to be evacuated from his house.
It has been pretty crazy trying to keep up to date with what is going on. News channels are all over the place along with local websites. But thankfully, I found a great Google map that gives me what I need to know. In a graphical manner (duh, its a map), I am able to see where the fire is, what areas have been evacuated, where local shelters are, what roadways are closed, where pets are being accepted, and which areas are safe to return to. I love this combination of technology and news and love how Google maps really can be customized so brilliantly. It has allowed me to stay on top of things without having sit in front of a tv for ages.
So, given the state of affairs here, I probably will not be posting for a little bit more. I will try to squeeze in some if I can. If you are from San Diego and you are reading this, I wish safety and good health.