El Portal Fire

27 Jul

Yesterday was hot in El Portal. This hasn’t been news for several days, but I took this picture somewhere around 12:30pm yesterday.


At around 2:30 (more reliable sources are now saying the fire started around 3:15. It was my day off, I wasn’t paying that much attention to the time) we heard sirens coming up our street. We walked out the front door to see this.


It wasn’t long before it looked like this.


The rumor going around was that it started when a tree branch fell on a power line, but I don’t think the cause has been officially established.


Within a few hours the fire shot up the hillside to Foresta. We have heard that several houses have burned, including one of my friends, but we don’t know much besides that.


The cavalry arrived.


We were lucky that the fire started up the hill from the big chunk of our houses. As far as I know none of the houses in my neighborhood were damaged, although it came frighteningly close. I hoped the danger was over but after the sun went down the fire continued to burn back down the hillside.


We watched from the roof of our house.


(The white lights high on the hillside next to the fire are fire crews cutting fire line.)

We got a mandatory evacuation order around 2:30am and left for a friends farm at 3:00am. It’s been hard to get information but it sounds like El Portal is still there.



5 Responses to “El Portal Fire”

  1. Mom July 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    More than anything else, stay safe.

  2. Mara July 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Thank you, Robin, for taking our stuff. We love you.

  3. iris s carr July 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    I am sure it was a terrible experience. I am grateful that lives were spared. love, iris


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