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San Diego County is on fire. We’ve had temperatures above 90 degrees this week with humidity under 10%. The winds are crazy with gusts over 30 miles per hour. The most recent news reports are that there are at least seven wildfires currently burning in the county. And the weather conditions are predicted to stay dry and hot through Thursday.

However scary the pictures are on the television, it’s exponentially scarier in person. I’ve watched fire crawl over the mountains toward my neighborhood in both 2003 and 2007. We were surrounded by fire coming toward our house in 2007. It’s more terrifying than I can articulate.  This time, we’re lucky: we’re not in danger.

At this point, Phoenix is both cooler and safer. If you’re in a threatened neighborhood, please get your go-bags, kids, and pets ready to leave. Keep a good thought for everyone affected.  I have a feeling this is just the beginning.