Socal Fires

Oh noes it’s not a gaming topic!

Much of Southern California is burning right now from San Diego to north of LA. SoE announced that they’re operating on limited support due to the wildfires in the San Diego area. A few of my fellow bloggers out there have had to evacuate their homes and work places and I wish them the best of luck. As for me, there are 6-8 fires burning locally and two fires close nearby – about 15 minutes away – but I’m surrounded by this wonderful concrete jungle of suburbs.

The sky has been all orange and brown since lastnight (almost looks like the horizon is on fire… probably is) and if you go outside you best do so with one of those masks. I just took the trash out and my chest burns. 🙁

Again, I wish my friends well and SoE please don’t burn down just as I was thinking about getting back into EQ2.

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Sean - October 23, 2007

I hope all is well there. I remember when I was in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Black Hills caught on fire and there was the constant smell of smoke and the dingy soot in the air for weeks…it is pretty freaky, like hanging out by the gates of hell…well that was more like Iraq, but that’s another story altogether…
Take care

brackishwater - October 23, 2007

Be safe guys.

Aaron - October 23, 2007

Nerd moment…

When volcanoes blow, the ash is filled with microscopic glass particles. If breathed in, the glass can cut up the lungs and cause serious damage. All that’s necessary to form glass is for silicates to be melted by intense heat and then rapidly cooled (like being tossed up into the cool atmosphere). The California wildfires are certainly hot enough, since they’re so big. You probably also have a good bit of sand mixed in with your soil there, and sand can become glass. I’m not sure if it’s being cooled quickly enough to create glass though.

So I definitely recommend wearing a mask anytime you go outside during the fires. The ash might be just dust and tar, but it might be even more serious than that.

Stay safe. My prayers are with you.

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