Saturday, November 15, 2008

California Fires: Yorba Linda in Orange County

It happens every year with the onset of the hot Santa Ana winds:

Big Horn Mountain Way Fire

This photo depicts a firefighter dousing a home engulfed by flames, on Big Horn Mountain Way in Yorba Linda.

Today was such a beautiful day. I was taking my oldest son to his math tutoring this morning, and we were getting on the onramp near my home when we saw the crystal-clear view of Saddleback Mountain looking southeast. But just as I noted the striking blue clear skies, I saw the smoke rising over the foothills to the north.

That's when I said: "This happens every year ... I hope it wasn't arson."

Some readers might recall last year's post ("
California Burning") about a local arson fire in Irvine that forced schools to keep kids indoors for a couple of days.

My wife and kids are all fine presently, but we always feel so deeply, and pray, for those who end up in harm's way.


brenda cox giguere said...

Thank you for checking in - I thought about you today when I learned about the fires- I'm glad you're OK.

Last year we were evacuated here in San Diego and spent several terrified days waiting to see if our home would burn. That kind of loss is incomprehensible to me. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost their home, those who were injured, and for those still in harm's way.

Take care.

Anonymous said...

Living in Los Angeles, and near many of these fires, it's a bit disconcerting at times. Especially when I can see flames from my back porch. But it comes with the territory, and I'm just glad we have government backed employees fighting these things. They are true heroes.

Ottavio (Otto) Marasco said...

Good to hear you guys are OK Donald ...

Norm said...

We hope and pray that everyone stays safe. Wish I could have given you
the rain we had yesterday.

AmPowerBlog said...

Thanks for the kind words, Brenda. And I'm glad that you and your family are okay.

AmPowerBlog said...

Thanks Ottavio!

AmPowerBlog said...

We could have used the rain, Norm.

Hope you are well.

Philippe Öhlund said...

It is very brave of your oldest son to study math even on Saturdays, Donald.

When I moved to Belgium in 2000 I had problems to find a job within my field.

I have a Swedish law exam, although my greatest success in Sweden was within sales.

But I found a company in Brussels, who looked for Scandinavian technicians.

I saw this as a great opportunity to do something different.

And since I also have worked in Swedish hospitals with medicine, I saw this as just another great challenge.

So I started to work as support technician for Nokia products.

After 9/11 things changed.

But Texas Instruments needed a person for support in math, and I gladly accepted the position.

I must admit that I asked myself if it was not above my level, when I on one of my first days on the new job, got an eleven pages long fax from a University Professor of Math in Germany, with a math problem he could not solve.

It took me a half day, but I eventually solved the problem - thanks to my computer! :-)

I do not work for them anymore, but I can really recommend their graphic calculators, and TI is one example of an excellent American company.

Math is today the one true international language. :-)