Count Your Blessings
May was quite a month for the San Diego Region, wasn’t it? First our extreme drought conditions led to early fire danger. Then we experienced strong Santa Ana winds in the middle of May, leading to numerous wildfires throughout our County. It is unfortunate that we seem to have certain people in our county who take pleasure in the misfortune of others, including arsonists who can disrupt the lives of so many people with such a seemingly small but dangerous act of starting a fire.
I imagine that many ASCE San Diego Section members were affected by the recent fires in some manner. Our colleagues at the cities of San Marcos, Carlsbad, and Escondido must have worked many long hours dealing with the devastation in their area. Some of our members or their close family members may have been evacuated. This fire hit pretty close to home for me, too. My mother-in-law and my parents were all evacuated, and my parent’s home actually ended up in the burn zone of the Cocos fire that started in San Marcos and burned over the hill toward Escondido. We should be thankful to all the fire-fighter, first-responders, and those who staffed the Emergency Operations Centers around the County for all of their hard work and dedication to save lives and protect property.