Fires happening in San Diego: We may be evacuated

Hi, guys. This is a photo I snapped moments ago, from just outside my townhouse in North County San Diego. Everyone around us is packing and evacuating. We’re definitely packing and preparing to get out. I’ll keep you up as I can. Thanks for your prayers/kind thoughts. Love you guys!

UPDATE: About 5:00 p.m. what is now yesterday we were told to evacuate. We packed our 2002 Ford Focus–computers, back-up drives, Cat’s photography equipment, important papers, irreplaceable mementos, etc., etc. — but chose to remain in our home: we could see the fire, and knew there was yet no reason to panic. A few times this evening, then, feeling like lone denizens of an oddly modern ghost town, we breathlessly made our way about our perfectly quiet, perfectly still neighborhood, wondering at the gently snowing flakes of ash that were slowly but surely turning everything a deathly grey.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow. Prayers tonight for those who lost their home in the nine major fires that have plagued San Diego today.

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  • LostGrrl

    Praying for you and your wife that God will protect you both and your home from harm.

  • James Walker

    you’re in my thoughts, too, John. be safe.

  • BarbaraR

    Terrifying. Take care and update us.

  • RachelS

    Prayers headed your way – I live in a wildfire-prone area and had to evacuate from one last August. And prayers for the firefighters who are f*****g amazing, every last one of them.

  • Theresa Chedoen

    Prayers for everyone affected.

  • charlesmaynes

    prayers and good thoughts are being done on your behalf….

  • James F. McGrath

    Hope you stay safe!

  • Lesli

    Thoughts are with you, John. Be safe.

  • allegro63

    Hoping and praying for quick fire containment, cool moist breezes, minimal damage and everyone home safely

  • Karen Forst Helms

    Sending prayers John. I’ve been evacuated due to fire before… it’s not fun. Sending prayers that homes are spared and residents and firefighters are safe. And let us know if we can do anything.

  • Alliecat04

    Praying for you. A couple of years ago we nearly had to evacuate because of flooding. It’s a terrible feeling, but I guess that’s why the old folks used to say “God willing and the creek don’t rise.” We’re not nearly as in charge as we like to believe from day to day!

  • James_Jarvis

    Hope today finds you in a better situation. When I was younger I fought wildfire fires for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources so I know first hand how dangerous and destructive wildfire can be. Keeping you and Cat in my thoughts ans prayers.

  • Skip Johnston

    I grew up in the SoCal foothills. I can almost smell the smoke from SC where we now live. Still have lots of friends and family in the area. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Be safe.

  • theworthingtonpost

    Thanks for the update, John. Keep ‘em coming, please, as you’re able!

  • buschmiller

    Prayers arising for you and your neighbors.

  • Liz Lossin

    Blessings, love and prayers to you and Catherine! Update as soon as you can.

  • Jill

    A bit out of the loop… I can’t imagine the dread, let alone the damage already done. John, be safe and as mobile as possible. Much love to you.

  • Ford1968

    Oh gosh, John. Prayers for you and Cat. Please, please be careful. There is no shame in “too cautious”. Stay safe.
    Sending love this morning.

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  • SonjaFaithLund

    I can smell the smoke up here in Orange today. I also found out that these fires weren’t the normal deal, but all of them were set by people on purpose.

    Humanity really sucks sometimes. Stay safe, John.

  • Sara

    Stay safe.

  • James Walker

    I checked in earlier today with Christy Caine, the Associate Director and Manager for Social Media over at the Unfundamentalist Christians blog (of which John is the Executive Editor). She had this update on John and Cat:

    We heard from him last night. They are still at home, but lost power for several hours yesterday. The 100 degree temps made keeping the windows closed because of the ash very hot. Their car is packed and ready to flee if necessary, though he said he isn’t overly worried. The primary problem is that new fires keep popping up.