We returned home to San Diego tonight where fires continue to burn around the city and county. These pictures were taken last night and early this morning by our friend Fergal with a zoom digital camera from his third-floor balcony less than a mile from my apartment and Rex's house.
They show the Harris fire which has been burning across the city's southern side.
Here is a map of San Diego County (click on it for a larger view). The red, orange and yellow dots are where fires have been burning. The yellow thumb tack in the middle of the city is located over my neighborhood. Rex's house is only a dozen blocks away. (If you have Google Earth on your computer, you can see the latest version of this map here.)
We're safe for now. The fires' advance toward the center of the city slowed tonight as the winds shifted, but it's impossible to say where the infernos will go next or how long they will continue to burn.
I shot these photos from the plane tonight as I flew across the the central part of San Diego County. I was sitting on the right side of the plane looking north toward the Witch Creek and McCoy fires. If you click on the first pic to blow it up you can make out the orange light of flames at the base of the largest plume of smoke rising from the mountains in the background.
This view is further west and the orange dot in the middle is a large fire visible through the thick layer of smoke.
I'll update my situation here as often as possible.
You can see Rex's postings on the fires on his blog here.
And for the very latest news about the disaster, go to The San Diego Union-Tribune's fire blog or its Web site at SignOnSanDiego.