October 13, 2008

Red Flag Day

I worked the morning shift up at the Lookout today. It was a Red Flag day because of the fire conditions. That meant we are on the highest alert for fires. When I got to the tower it was just 35 degrees with 30 mph winds and 50 mph gusts. We had a couple fires early on, but the big fire was off the forest, down in the city of San Bernardino. The fire burned along the freeway forcing motorists to abandon their cars and flee on foot. So far it has burned several structures including a public storage facility and the back wall of a motel. The Press Enterprise has the best coverage.