Most of you know I’m from California (fourth generation). All of my family is there and still not happy that I left. We always thought everyone was far enough into a neighborhood, away from the hills with brush, to be safe from wildfires, but my brother and his family were evacuated for 24 hours over the weekend from their home in Yorba Linda….luckily, their block is intact! Shari (SIL) packed up the three kids to head to a friend’s house. Rollie, my brother, and his neighbor stayed behind because they were worried about looters. The neighbor, Slav, is a professional photographer and here are some of his photos.
Our cousin, Reed, had his neighborhood evacuated, also. His house was one of the lucky ones.
Imagine a tropical storm (for those on the other coast), or low category hurricane with hot, dry winds (Santa Anas) and fire instead of rain. That is what a wildfire is like. If the wind shifts towards you, it could be minutes and it’s hard to out run it.
This is one of two seasons in CA…fire and mudslide. The burn areas will experience mudslides in the spring without the brush to hold it on the hills.
The house behind the palm tree and people (they’re facing it) is my brother’s.
Slav Zatoka took these photos. Here is his website: www.zatokaimages.com