San Diego Firestorm

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October 26, 2003 - San Diego Firestorm

The Ramona Fire started on 10/25 about 15 miles east of Poway. It was reported that the fire was started by a hunter, who was lost and shot off a flare gun. Saturday night, we had a hint of smoke in the air, but it was quickly replaced with the smell of wild sage brush. Sunday morning, Lisa noticed a funny sky at 5am in the grey light. I took my first pictures at 6:30am.


6:30am - South East


6:30am - South East


7am - East


7am - South East


7am - South East


6am - South


8:30am


8:30am


8:30am

 

1:00pm from Poway Road looking at Sycamore Canyon

 

1:30pm

 

These pictures were taken from the top of Palisades by Pete Neild


2:30pm


4:30pm

 

The 5'x8' flag in the front yard blew in every direction all day long.


Wind from the West


Wind from the North


Wind from the East

 

At 6:30pm, flames started to come over the hill so I felt it was time to move Sage (the quarter horse) and Bandit (the donkey). Sage was great and Bandit was pretty good, considering his heritage. I was going to take them to the High school, going up Crocker road to High Valley. I got all the way to High Valley Road and Espola with both animals, seeing a dozen fire trucks screaming past us with sirens blaring and lights flashing. However, Bandit drew the line at the Police car at Espola and I could not get him to the sidewalk on Espola. So I took them both back up High Valley and back to the ranch. The fire became more apparent in the darkness. 


Fire coming over the hill


Bandit didn't want to go


From High Valley


Looking down Crocker Road

 


10/26-8:30am from my front sidewalk looking Southeast
 

10/26-7:30pm from my front sidewalk looking Southeast. I could feel the heat of the fire. The fire pictures were not zoomed in shots....
 


From the front yard


From the front yard


From the front yard

 

 

 


Corner of Crocker/Golden Sunset


Corner of Crocker/Golden Sunset


On Golden Sunset looking East