OT-Fires in Southern California

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Tue, 01 Sep 2009 13:46:34 PDT
We're okay as well. We live to the west of Tom and late Saturday night 
was when the flames were visible directly above my neighborhood 
(probably 3 or 4 miles away). But yesterday afternoon when the wind was 
blowing away from Pasadena and the air was particularly clear, I could 
see that the lower face of the mountains above the large firebreaks 
above where the houses end had been scoured clean and there isn't 
anything left to burn in our direction. I know there are still fire 
lines some miles to the west of us, as well as to the north beyond the 
crests of the mountains we can see, and off to the northeast further up 
in the mountains. But there is still lots of smoke and ash, especially 
in the mornings when it seems the air currents blow it all in our 

Luckily we never had the high speed Santa Ana winds that blow out of the 
mountains towards the coast, even though we did have the very high 
temperatures (~40°C) and single digit humidity. That probably would have 
been a much greater disaster. The heat and dryness is supposed to be 
ending this week.

I've kept the summer growers watered and they're doing okay. And who 
knows, maybe some of the plants that like fires might bloom for me this 

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA, USDA Zone 10a

Thomas Glavich wrote:
> Things are all right.  I'm a couple streets in from Mount Wilson.  There have been evacuations nearby, but I've been able to stay at home.  Sunday night was the worst, when I could see the flames illuminating the bottom of smoke clouds, just a couple of ridges back.  
> There is lots of ash, and the air quality is very poor.
> I think the worst is over, humidity is up considerably.
> Thanks for asking.
> Tom
> ________________________________
> From: Mary Sue Ittner <msittner@mcn.org>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 12:45:41 PM
> Subject: [pbs] OT-Fires in Southern California
> Hi,
> I am wondering how some of our southern California list members are faring. 
> I believe Lee Poulsen and Tom Glavich must be really close to the fires in 
> the Los Angeles area and at the very least be dealing with a lot of smoke. 
> It would be a relief to hear from some of you that things are all right.
> Mary Sue

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