So I've heard the fire is now 20 percent contained, or thereabouts. That beats the 5 percent of this morning by at least 15, though surely I'm missing some crucial exponential factor. (I never should have ditched those math classes. Though as I haven't been running for a week, I think I can get my arms -- barely -- around the concept.)
The air is heavy with moisture. We're receiving some benefits from a hurricane off the coast of Baja.
Firefighters have been working 24-hour shifts. I believe it has been 24 hours on, 15 hours off, then back to 24. Cookies and cupcakes are very nice (and certainly more than I've done so far), but perhaps we can express our appreciation in a more substantial manner. Maybe through the Altadena Fete scheduled this weekend? Just a modest proposal.
From pasadena daily photo at 5 pm: Mt Wilson cam (last shot?) can be found here
2 pm update
Definitely more humid conditions around here, and that’s the good news. I’ve got some links for you, some speculation, and some questions.
To my mind, best source of information right now (and thanks to Mid Town G for pointing in this direction) the local public radio station KPCC. The website is here.
Pierre gives us a handle on comprehending 122,000 acres: “If you laid out a square the equivalent of 122,000 acres, and started out at a corner, while traveling along one side, you would need to go almost 14 miles before you reached the next corner.”
A NASA photo sent by Don Copeland here
Question about what remains at Newcomb Ranch and structures. Any info anyone?
Shrano asks: “wondering if that photo above the JPL is the arroyo seco/gabrielino trail?”
We’re still at 5% containment, though official word give us hope that might improve by evening. Hills above La Crescenta have been on fire today, lots of air-power at work. Mt Wilson still in jeopardy. In the past half-hour, I have heard no fewer than ten aircraft do a flyover, but then my house is in flightpath to the hills.)
Many photos, more info on my blogroll, including altadenablog, glimpses south pasadena, pasadena adjacent, pasadena daily photo, a thinking stomach.
(Remember, these accounts are first-person, and info seems to change often. It's just an earnest try at accuracy.)
Click here for amazing photo of devastation above JPL. (Photo by Jon Cornick)
LA Times says it will be cooler with higher humidity today. Star News says it will be triple digits and as dry as ever. Can we just choose the one we like best? And that also pretty much sums up how easy it has been to put the pieces of this fire together.
The birds that normally share my yard have wisely moved on to greener pastures. But I do hear some unusual bird calls around, so I think I'm the greener pasture for a couple of species from the hills.
I'm trying to gather any information on the wilderness areas, what's still there and what's not. Bellis took her own self to Devil's Gate dam and wrote this:
"I looked at the damage from the Devil's Gate dam wall with binoculars, and the Echo Mountain trail looks untouched, as well as Echo mountain and Las Flores Canyon. Millard canyon where the cabins are may have been saved, but further up, by the Dawn Mine, it was smouldering. The Arroyo above JPL looks badly burnt."
Just from my own observation, after the fire travelled along Sunset Ridge, it took a swing to the north, thus avoiding Echo Mountain. But I don't know whether it missed Mt Lowe, etc. And I don't know the current status of Santa Anita Canyon. Apparently the fire did reach one telecommunication tower at Mt Disappointment.
This monster has now consumed 122,000 acres. I can't conceive of 122,000 acres; it's kind of like hearing about a trillion dollar deficit. Many but not all mand evacs have been lifted in Altadena. But greatest risk seems to be all around us. As a forest spokesperson said, "Pretty much everywhere right now is the hot spot."