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    Posted May 15, 2014 by
    Irvine, California
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    California wildfires

    Not Quite in the Knick of Time

    I went down to San Diego county, specifically Vista yesterday to celebrate my little brother's birthday as well as renew my military ID. I work at a coffee shop in Irvine, so I had been up very early that morning. On the way down I saw a brush fire on the side of the five near Camp Pendleton and had made a comment to my friend that they had better get that under control otherwise there was going to be a problem. When I finally got to my home in Vista, nothing looked amiss and I made a plan with my dad to meet him on base at 12:45pm. Deciding to take a quick nap, I set my alarm and everything seemed fine.

    At 12:30pm I got a call from my dad, startling me away and I realized that I overslept big time and that I was going to be so late. He seemed very upset and demanded that I get there as soon as I could so that we could get my ID renewed. He was very insistent that I hurry. Thinking that he was being moody at my lateness, I got in my car grumpily and started driving. It didn't take me long to see the massive plumes of smoke in three different directions. Immediately, I called my family to see what was going on, only being able reach my sister who notified me that my grandmother had been evacuated from her partner's house off of Poinsettia. I then got in touch with my dad who informed me that he knew about the fire and that'd why it was so urgent that I hurry because they were 'about to close down the building' due to the flames on the hillside not far from it. Rather than turning around and going back home, I decided to meet my dad on base. On the way I passed the budding Oceanside fire when crossing the bridge on North River Road. When I got to the light to turn to the building I was supposed to meet my dad at I could see flames and smoke all across the hillside by Lake O'neil.

    I wasn't able to get my ID renewed and we were promptly evacuated off base. My dad and I made our way back to Vista, picking up my brother and sister from school on the way. Somehow the fires haven't touched that city, but I'm back in Irvine and safe. I can only hope the situation down there doesn't become any worse.
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