What a morning!! At 3:30 some friends up the street called us saying their were mandatory evacuations and that we needed to leave. We immediately turned on the tv to get an update and saw the fire burning on the other side of the hill where we live. We are a couple miles from where our friends were and never got a mandatory evacuation, instead it was voluntary. After watching the news for over 3 hours we decided we were going to voluntarily evacuate ourselves and so we headed to the church building around 7am.
Surprisingly there weren't too many people from our ward there, but over time more and more started trickling in. Later the Stake Center, where other wards went early this morning, had to be evacuated so they came to our building too. The kids watched movies all morning while the adults were glued to the news channel. The Coronado Hills fire which is the one close to us never got too big--thankfully, but it could have been devastating had the San Marcos fire department not been on that with serious power. My thanks go out to them for their hard work at protecting us. The evacuation order was lifted a couple hours ago so after a little while we decided we would go back home too.
Unfortunately others in San Diego have not been so fortunate. If you have been following the Witch Fire--you know how devastating it has been. Hundreds have lost their homes and thousands more have been evacuated for who knows how long.
Well it's been a long day and I am frankly exhausted so I'm going to take a nap. Keep praying for the firefighters and especially those that have lost their homes.