Yesterday night the fire was downgraded from 30,000 acres to 25,626 acres and gained a 4% containment. This morning it was reported to be 31,689 acres and still at 4% containment. Overnight fires tend to gain more ground because it is nearly impossible for helicopters to see where they will pick up water and exactly where it needs to be dropped despite the glow of the fire. However, the first night of this fire it grew approximately 10,000+ acres but last night it was only 6,000. This is progress. Hopefully they will gain more containment and the weather will aid them.
The worst thing about this, for me, was reading somewhere online that the Southern California fire season hasn't started. See in Southern California the fire season is usually later and more into fall when the Santa Ana winds kick up. So all the dryness from summer added with massive winds make a spark and inferno in no time. This is a rather scary thought considering SoCal has experienced several large fires already. My only hope is there will be enough burned already to prevent much from burning later... though California is huge so it is unlikely.
California Statewide Fire Summary (8/18) - Nearly 10,000 firefighters are battling 8 large wildfires in California. pic.twitter.com/ZyXcdgez7L— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) August 18, 2016
I wish this drought would end and we'd get a good downpour of rain.
I wanted to share these pictures with you from down by my best friends. It amazes me that I've been to some of these places and all I can do is pray for the residents there. These pictures are beautiful and terrifying all at once.
Embers from a wildfire smolder along Lytle Creek Road near Keenbrook, CA
Vehicles and structures burn near Highway 138 as the Blue Cut Fire rages through San Bernadino County.
Firefighters battle the Blue Cut wildfire near Cajon Pass, north of San Bernardino, CA
A fire tornado forms near cars parked on a country road
A house burning on a hill during the Blue Cut wildfire near Cajon Junction, CA
A melted McDonals's signe and slight damage to the building
Firefighter battle a wildfire as it crosses Cajon Boulevard in Keenbrook, CA