On schedule… 30 July 2010Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
A fast moving wildfire burns above Elizabeth Lake Road in Leona Valley near Palmdale, Calif. on Thursday, July 29, 2010. Mandatory evacuations were issued for the community of Leona Valley on Thursday evening, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque said. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Photo Gallery at Insider Business: Breathtaking Photos of California Burning – 2010
We are following our seasons: fire, rain, mudslide, landslide, selective drought (even when we have rain they declare drought as the water is endlessly diverted)… and here we are, in Fire Season.
PALMDALE — A huge wildfire burning in the high desert wilderness north of Los Angeles has jumped the California Aqueduct and is making a run at a subdivision of homes.
Winds apparently carried embers across the wide concrete channel this afternoon and flames rapidly spread to backyard fences.
Helicopters have been dipping buckets into the aqueduct to make rapid water drops. No homes appear to have been damaged. Numerous fire engines are in the area.
The fire has burned more than 12 square miles since erupting Thursday afternoon.
From yesterday, before it jumped the Aqueduct:
On Thursday, the fire stopped at the California Aqueduct, which runs along foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The concrete channel acted as a natural firebreak, fire Inspector Matt Levesque said.
“That fire burned right up to the homes (but there is) no more fuel for it to burn,” he said.
Southern California’s big wildfires are usually associated with the fierce Santa Ana winds that blow withering dry air from the interior toward the coast. Winds this week have been blowing inland from out of the southwest as California experiences an unusually cool July with persistent coastal clouds and record lows.
It’s been cold, but also painfully dry, and that is in San Francisco, with a return of our normal fog this summer. Not the past two weeks, however, just cold and very very dry.