So while there are a lot of homes that burned, injuries and loss of life has been remarkably low. Probably the wildest thing I've seen was a news report that is all over YouTube. I can't access YouTube at work, so I can't give you the link, but search for "Larry Himmel" on YouTube and watch the video. He's a reporter with San Diego's CBS affiliate and he had to evacuate his house in western Rancho Bernardo. After getting his family to safety, he went to work, got a video truck, and went back and did a news update from his driveway, while his house was still smoldering! 25 years in one house, literally up in flames. The fires are now moving into more of the rural areas of the county, and there are still fires burning in Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, and LA County, but metro San Diego seems to be winding down. As evidence of this, they've lifted the evac orders for much of the Poway and Rancho Penasquitos areas. Rancho Bernardo is still under evac orders mainly because of the damage and lack of infrastructure (no power, gas, water, debris-clogged streets, etc.), but the metro area seems to be coming back under control. Because of the evac orders, not to mention the safety factor and the fact that I'm not that stupid, I didn't take any pictures of the devastation. All of these pictures were grabbed from the San Diego Union-Tribune website.
This is taken from an upscale neighborhood in East Poway, near Poway Lake.
Another East Poway picture.
Northern Rancho Bernardo.
Interstate 15 (my route to Las Vegas). Looking north at the southbound lanes. This was taken from the Duenda Road overcrossing. This is where the fire jumped into the Westwood community.
This was in Westwood. For the record, those were a circa 1992 Toyota Tercel and a circa 1995 Honda Accord.
Another Westwood home.
Finally, you may have noticed the revised layout of The Randomness. I have hit 200 posts and decided to switch templates. I don't know if I'm going to keep this one, but for now, welcome to The Randomness 2.0.