Well, my previous post (go there for more pictures) went rapidly out of date in just an hour or so… The wind is up and blowing the flames in a way that makes them spread rapidly to new areas… and they’re now evacuating people from some of those houses… Electricity is gone from some homes… Gosh.
(Click for larger view.) Shot showing the rapidly moving edge of flames…. Griffith Observatory off to the left there… the flames have since crawled West over toward the last major ridge before the canyon that leads to the Observatory.
Really sorry about the photo quality. It’s just my tiny little canon from about a mile away. I don’t have a digital SLR with a longer lens…
A number of my favourite trails have definitely gone. Dante’s view (a lovely garden/oasis in the park) sounds like it is either under threat or already gone… Apparently there are deer and coyotes running around confused, poor things.
Went out for a walk to see what is going on and met vastly more of my neighbours than I’ve ever met in three years of being here. Strange positive note in all of this.
People are now wondering whether the observatory is as safe as it seemed earlier. There’s only one more canyon (Vermont canyon) for the fire to jump…. With the wind that seems to be able to get going at a moment’s notice, it is easy for embers to travel far… Of course, ther’s a lot of concern about the residences over there. Happily, everyone has evacuated, and they’re putting people up in a school further away.
In a strange twist of circumstance, I was supposed to actually do a shoot for a television show in the park tomorrow. They wanted to interview me on some physics and then shoot some hiking shots for a bit of variety. Doubtful that it will take place now, I’d guess. The park is probably going to be closed for a while.
- Well, Xeni of Boing Boing, who lives even closer to the heart of it, has an interesting series of rolling updates here.
- Metroblogging La have a ton of posts on this, starting, say here.
- LA Observed has more links, rolling updates and other information here.
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