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Hot Winds and Wildfires

Managing Real Estate Broker with San Diego Previews Real Estate CA BRE# 01101958

Wildfire east of Warner SpringsSouthern California is hot today.

Temperatures are running high, humidity is low, and desert winds are gusting. These are conditions that can support wildfires of huge proportions.

In 2002, my parents (recent transplants from Houston, TX) were living peacefully in their newer home that backed up to Warner Springs Ranch. It was a lovely retirement and the dry air agreed with my Dad's lung problems. Warner Springs Ranch

Late summer of 2002 was hot, dry and windy. Firestorms were burning strongly in eastern San Diego County. We had spent the weekend with them at Warner Springs Ranch, and noticed smoke pluming over the distant hilltops. We stepped outside and noticed smell of burning wood and brush beginning to waft down into the valley below.

Feeling adventurous, my Dad and I hopped into the car and drove up the primitive road that might afford us a better view of what was burning beyond.

It was a sight to behold. Fire east of Warner Springs

The mountains beyond looked like they were topped with hot-burning coals, and the cloud of smoke above dwarfed the mountians below--and seemed to be inching toward the nearby Los Coyotes Indian Reservation.

We were both concerned, and headed back home where ongoing coverage of the wildfires were being reported by local television stations. We also called Warner Springs Ranch for updates every few hours.

Late Sunday evening, our family headed back home to the La Costa area of Carlsbad, CA--and continued to follow news reports. We had invited my parents to join us, but they declined--saying they preferred to stay put.

The next day, we received a call from my folks. A local Sheriff had knocked on their door and told them they had to evacuate within the hour.

And within two hours, they were on our doorstep with simple baggage, bags of fresh fruit and vegetables, and their squawking parrot. It was an adventure never expected by these two seasoned and hardy souls.

Fortunately, the fires never reached Warner Springs or the historic Warner Springs Ranch and Bob and Edith Michelson were able to return home a couple of days later.

But the experience, memory and awesome sights still serve to remind us of the power of natural forces such as fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and earthquakes.

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Jim Little
Ken Meade Realty - Sun City, AZ
Your Sun City Arizona Realtor
I grew up in San Diego, than spent 20 years in L.A.. People used to say we had no seasons, I would tell them we had four just like everyone else. Ours were called fire, flood, earthquake and riot.
May 07, 2007 10:18 AM
Roberta Murphy
San Diego Previews Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes


When it's hot, we burn.

When it rains, we flood.

When the ground shakes, we quake.

When they riot, it's national news.

Love it here, anyway!

May 07, 2007 10:41 AM
     I have family in San Marcos that I can't reach.  Can anyone tell me what the situation is there.
Oct 22, 2007 03:12 AM
Roberta Murphy
San Diego Previews Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes

Parts of San Marcos are being evacuated--and both colleges are closed for the day. Coronado Hills , I believe, was the first area to be evacuated. 

I understand your concern. Please call me at 760-942-9100 and I will try to assist you. I am following San Marcos closely,


Oct 22, 2007 03:53 AM
Kathy Mayer
We have relatives in Carlsbad near Olivenheim Rd. (not sure of spelling) What is the word there? I know their neighborhood  was evacuated, but they are actually on vacation in Hawaii right now.
Oct 22, 2007 11:50 PM
Roberta Murphy
San Diego Previews Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes

Please email me at:


and provide me with a name and/or address and I will try to  let you know how their home is faring.


Oct 22, 2007 11:55 PM