Fires burn in neighborhoods around Magic Mountain
As you might have read, wildfires are burning tens of thousands of acres in Southern California. Several fires, fanned by Santa Ana desert winds are burning in the Santa Clarita Valley, home to Six Flags Magic Mountain
. One fire, the "Magic Fire," started just after 2 p.m. Pacific time this afternoon and has already burned 1,000 acres just south of the park.
Good news for park fans is that reports have the fire moving away from the park. But that's really bad news for everyone as the flames instead are moving toward homes.
The Los Angeles Times has a very, very cool Google Map of the fires, including their status: Check it out.
Tuesday morning update: Fires in San Diego have closed SeaWorld, though the park itself is not threantened. Fires also are approaching Legoland in Carlsbad, which is in a potential evacuation area. That park was already normally scheduled to be closed today and tomorrow.
most east coast members have no idea what this is like in southern cal. i grew up in riverside county near an area that burns a lot. there is nothing i pa that compares. this is the one part of cal that i do not miss. i will take an earthquake any day.
At the moment, the southland is literally surrounded by fires. If you've ever been to Southern California during a firestorm, you'll recall that unhealthy orange tint that's makes up the sky. It's real bad right now.
This year started off with a really weak fire season, but once the fire in Malibu started, it seemed like the Santa Ana winds took the fire and spread it all around the area. If you live in SoCal, there must be a fire within 20 miles of you. The sun casts an eerie shadow all over the place. From where I live it seems to be an orange-ish dusk all day long.
. . . And all afternoon, desperate Six Flags Execs, eager to find "closure" (that is, somewhat to dump this park and come out buck ahead) on Magic Mountain, were reading over their fire insurance policy for Valencia, mumbling, "So close, yet no pay off."
I remember my first visit to Orlando back in 1998 for my honeymoon. There were big fires here then and they were bag.
I'll refrain from the Magic Mountain comments. Not really a good time to be poking fun when so much is being lost.
Thank God Ive never been in a fire like this and from seeing the video/pictures I can assume its awful, and im sure they dont justice too how bad it really is. I will keep you folks in CA in my prayers abd while I complian about the crappy weather in Wisc,. it doesnt compare to what you folks have to deal with.
Even in areas well away from the fires, the air is *awful* in Southern California today. Hard to breathe.
A couple months ago when there were fires in Georgia here in Orlando you could smell the smoke and the air was bad. I can only imagine what it is like in California.
I personally would rather see a park melt than have more families lose their homes in this mess.
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