(Cut and paste diary from comments-that-would-not-stop on dkos,, but begun here in a comment to my man on the spot, ta da
CatfishBlues, who said
We’re in almost drizzle conditions, everything is moist but no run-off. That should really help the firefighters out today
Just got a report from our house sitter.
Man, did we ever get lucky. And it’s hard to know how much fire fighting had to do with it. There was a lot of grass in the very large yard next door–it’s burned. There is burning underneath the huge pine tree and a lot of trees are blackened. We had just taken out loads and loads of dead material out of that pine and a lot of kindling from beneath the pine. I’m quite certain that we would have had no chance if we hadn’t done that just last week. The grass is burned right up to the house on the downwind side of the house. She said that looks as though the firemen did a controlled burn there. So, a lot of blackened trees, some of our plants right next to the house are completely gone, but no damage to the house. I’m thinking most of the charring is more from the heat than the actual fire.
We picked up one tip which a fireman gave her as she was leaving. He said to leave the lights on in your house in case they have to come back in the night or in heavy smoke, it helps them find the house and see what’s going on better in fighting fire.
So, that’s how the Jesusita Fire affected me. There is going to be a lot of clean-up, and we’ll be doing some new planting near the house, but we’ll be able to sit on our patio and from there it’ll look as though nothing happened.
General news: Still foggy, high humidity, calm air, low temperatures. Fire is 40% contained and everyone can return home except those in the highest reaches. The southern part of the fire–toward the ocean, must be contained. And the evidently prevented its spilling over the ridge along Camino Cielo. My guess is that the fighting is now on the east and west fronts, which are in residential areas. They are estimating complete containment by Wednesday.
I can’t wait to hear the stories of all the firemen did in this blaze. The number of houses still standing in the midst of burn areas is incredible.
Thanks to everyone for all the support of me and of everyone affected by the fire. It’s really good to have a place to turn.