I also heard from my sister-in-law. She shared some very interesting data with me:
- The burned areas of San Diego are now the equivalent to the area of the entire island of Oahu.
- Half a million people have been displaced. There are three million people in San Diego.
- This is FEMA's second-largest disaster; Katrina was the largest.
She reports that the Rancho San Diego area, where she used to live, has been evacuated. She graduated from Valhalla High School in El Cajon. The evacuation orders for Eastern Chula Vista have been lifted. We have friends who live in those areas of Chula Vista, and thankfully, there have been no reports of houses lost in the Eastlake area. She also reports that most of the county is on fire. (I'm not sure about that, but having a look at the very useful maps on KFMB Channel 8's website has been most illuminating.)
Hopefully the winds will shift soon. As long as the Santa Ana winds are still blowing from East to West, the fire problems will still persist and not be alleviated.
Prayers to all affected by the fires.