just wanted to let you know that our family is safe and our home is still intact at this point. our town was given a mandatory evacutation order, but we decided to stay for a few reasons. so far the fires haven't closed off our one remaining "escape route" we have a close friend who's husband is a firefighter who will let us know if we need to leave, as well as next door neighbors who have also stayed and are monitoring the situation. the air quality is quite bad, so we're stuck indoors all day, but i thank God that the three of us are together and safe. thanks for your prayers. here's some information from another source. i think this was the situation yesterday:
WITCH CREEK FIRE:
The latest update from CALFIRE reports the fire is now 145,000 acres and zero percent contained. The cause is under investigation.
• 600 structures have been destroyed (500 residences, 50 outbuildings, 100 commercial properties)• 300 structures have been damaged (250 residences, 75 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings)• Seven injuries to firefighters; one civilian injury
The fire is threatening the communities of San Diego, Poway, Ramona, Escondido, Lakeside, Valley Center, San Marcos, Rancho Santa Fe. Currently, about 625 firefighters are battling the blaze using 89 engines, nine fire crews, ten dozers and two water tenders.
The Harris Fire has now burned 22,000 acres and is five percent contained. Some civilians have chosen not to evacuate and have created rescue problems as the fire impacts their community.
• Five firefighters injured; one civilian fatality, six civilians injured• The cost to date to fight this fire is $1,300,000
The fire is threatening the communities of Potrero, Barrett Junction, Barrett Lake area, Engineer Springs, Dulzura, Deerhorn Valley, Lawson Valley, Jamul, Lyons Valley area and Otay Mountain, and extreme fire conditions are making conditions difficult.
thanks for your prayers! they have been felt. God is surrounding us with His peace and comfort.