Well the past few days have been very interesting for all of us living in Santa Clarita. For all who dont know a wild fire was started here last week when a hawk landed on an electrical wire, got electricuted, fell to the ground and lit it on fire. There had been a few evacuations the day before yesterday but everything seemed under control. So yesterday I woke up to discover the usuall sun-shine was blocked by thick smoke all around us, and ash was falling down like rain. I could see part of the fire up on the hills by my house. My dad started dis-manteling the gazebo so it wouldnt catch fire. I was heading out to work, and just from walking from my front door to my car my purse got filled up with ash! I drove there in almost darkness and went inside. After just three hours of work I went on break and listened to my messages. Basically saying my whole street had been forced to evactuate cos the fire was right there. My parents were trying to exit the house when TWENTY cop cars zoomed in to our street, cops were jumping out and running in to peoples houses and literally dragging them out and yelling "GET OUT NOW!" "MANDATORY EVACUATION" then a bunch of fire trucks came in and tried to put out the fire, there were also helicopters above shooting this red stuff at the fire. People could see how close the fire was so were trying to load up their cars with as much of their stuff as possible. One of our guests (yes we had guests staying with us) tried to get her bag and this cop came running over screaming "LEAVE THE BAG GET IN THE CAR AND GO" and practically threw her in the car. By this point there was so much smoke it was pitch black except for the light from the nearing flames. My step mom and kids left first in her van and my dad was grabbing stuff as he ran outta the house, by the time he got to the car ash was been blown about EVERYWHERE, and noone could see properly where they were going. He was trying to get outta the street but by this time it would seem all the emergency vehicles in the Santa Clarita valley were in the street (and we live in a little cul-de-sac)so he had to weave in and outta them as they were all screaming at him to go and fire men were waving stuff about! The fire was all the way at the edge of the freeway, my dad could feel the heat burning him as he drove, even with the AC on full.
Anyway I hear all about this so tell my manager I had to leave right away! She understood and let me go (that is probably the most un-beliavable part of this!) So I exit the mall and all I can see is this HUGE cloud of smoke over Canyon Country (where I live), it was so big it almost looked like the pics of when America dropped the nukes on Japan - and the news says it was 20,000 feet in the air. So my dad said to go to Santa Monica at my aunts house. The only problem was the fire was burning along-side the freeway now so it was closed while fire-fighters were dealing with it. So I had to go around and get on the 5 which was completely blocked and not moving cos everyone who wanted to live was trying to get outta town on it. I looked in other cars and everyone had the cars stuffed with luggage, furniture - and cats. I didnt have anything. The traffic started to pick up as we began to drive along-side some fire and I finnaly got to Santa Monica. When there we were watching the news and it was live from our street! There was fire up againsed it, we thought we were about to watch the house burn down on live TV (except we couldnt see much for the smoke). Anyway there was no progress through the night until we turned on the TV this morning and it said on the morning news that Fair Oaks Ranch (where I live) was in IMMEDIATE danger of the fire, and very threatened. As the day progressed, the fire burned everything it could around our houses, and the fire fighters managed to get it down, so now its on the top of the hill. I can still see the flames and there are helicopters throwing more red stuff on the fire as well as atleast fifteen firmen in my view. Cops are only letting people who live in these houses up here, other people keep trying to get up to watch the fire but they have to pass the ID test!
I think everyone in my area is just thankful they still have a house left right now, all the land I can see is completely black and nothing is left from the fire. I know I probably missed a whole bunch of stuff out from this, that I'll probably remember later. That was a really long entry - I wonder if anyone will actually read the whole thing?!