Update, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 8/29:
— Fire continuing to spread but so far houses seem safe. Some previously evacuated neighborhoods in La Canada are now open for residents to move back.
— The city of La Canada is posting hourly updates on this site
— Altadenablog remains an excellent local resource; check the Comments for reports from neighbors in the trenches.
— Bill Westphal’s wonderfully geeky blog features some amazing webcam shots of the fire, updated every five minutes: Altadena Weather Cam
Here’s a photo from our friend Bill Brummel of a DC-10 dropping flame retardant:
Hometown-pasadena’s Caroline Purvis sent these photos from about 6:30 tonight:
No doubt you’re all keeping an eye on the TV, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and we’re not as current here at hometown-pasadena.com. But we do have some photos to share from our friend Jennifer Brandley, and they’re right up close. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the estimated amount of land burning/burned is up to 20,000 acres.
Good sources to get truly local reports are:
— PasadenaPIO, the blog by Pasadena Public Information officer Ann Erdman. Her latest report: the Florencita neighborhood of northwest Pasadena is being evacuated; La Vina residents are already out. PasadenaPIO
— The Pasadena Star-News, of course.
A few notes and thoughts:
— This morning my husband, Darryl, younger daughter Emily and I moved our older daughter Erin back for her sophomore year at Loyola Marymount. It was gorgeous out there on the bluff overlooking the city and the Pacific, and from there it looked like the greater Pasadena area had been hit by a nuclear bomb. Unbelievable mushroom-cloud-like smoke.
— They dropped me at Union Station on the way back, because I had to catch a train to Capistrano Beach to help my parents with a party, and then got a call from friends who live in La Crescenta but are visiting family in Ohio. Their housesitter was spooked and wanted out of there, so Darryl and Emily drove way up La Crescenta Avenue to collect their dog, computers, photos and a few other essentials. They said the fire seemed not too threatening, but the smoke was terrible. Darryl’s going back up there tonight to see if it’s smart to get more stuff out.
— Our friend Anton Anderson lives on the eastern flanks of the Arroyo up by JPL; he hasn’t left yet, but here’s his view: