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    Posted May 14, 2014 by
    Carlsbad, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    California wildfires

    sdtiburon and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Southern California wildfires
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    'It took more than two hours to see if I have a home or not'


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     sdtiburon told me, 'Impressed at how many first responders have continued their siege of the area. I've counted 40-50 trucks from as far away as Chula Vista and Orange County. Thanks to them and the air choppers as well as Mother Nature having some mercy upon us, as she's changed the wind direction to come from the west, which helps my neighborhood but doubles back from where it came.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I work and live in Carlsbad California. This morning while at the office we were advised of a fast moving fire just 500 meters from the office. We received a Reverse 911 and evacuated.


    Of interest you'll notice just after the chopper drops it's payload of water, the dongle clips the top wire of the high tension wire system. Close call.


    Although my office is 3 miles from home, sadly it took more than two hours to see if I have a home or not. There are three videos of raw frames to share my trip home. It is very emotional stopped in traffic and watching the area just east of my neighborhood going up in flames while I am stuck in traffic hoping that I'll have enough time to get the irreplaceable items out.


    I am currently on a "Standby for mandatory evacuation." and I see the flames a bit closer than should be.

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