When we saw on the news this morning that a wildfire was creeping from Corona to Yorba Linda, where my wife's brother lives, she called him to find out if his house was in any danger.
He picked up the hone and barked, "Can't talk. I'm evacuating." Click.
We got more details when he called back half and hour later, after he made it a friend's house with his teenage son.
He had been at basketball practice (he is a coach) with my nephew when he got the mandatory evacuation order, and had just time to grab the dogs, his daughter's fish, some clothes, and the family jewels before he had to leave home. His wife and daughter were attending an event in San Diego, but are now in their way home. He said a friend living further up the canyon refused to evacuate and was fighting the flames in his backyard with water from a garden hose.
The last news clip I saw, showed a canyon a few hundred feet on fire, with the flames licking the wooden fences on top. I'm hoping his friend made it out.
We learned this morning that several nearby houses burned to the ground last night. His is still standing.
At 3:30 PM Sunday, Yorba Linda lifted all evacuation notices within the city.
Causes John Doerper Supports
Defenders of Wildlife
Doctors Without Borders
National Audubon Society
National Wildlife Federation