Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Fire Threatens Mission Canyon
At about 4 pm today the sundowner winds came up strong. Immediately the fire, which had been quiescent all day, started to move. The sky turned an ominous shade of orange, the smoke covered the whole sky, and ash began to rain down all over the city. This photo was taken at about 4:30 from Hilda Rae Park, on the Mesa. Most of downtown is under an evacuation warning, and we hear that two strike units -- each consisting of four engines plus crew -- have been assigned to protect the Mission.
Edit: 6:30 pm...County fire officials say, "We are in an extreme state of emergency."