The wind died to almost nothing today, which is good news since that removes the major cause of the fires' spreading. But, as I drove home from work around 5 p.m., the radio traffic reporter noted in passing that "I'm getting reports of a new fire breaking out in Woodland Hills" -- !!?! -- "near Ventura Blvd and Shoup, no details yet" -- ??!??
That would be about a mile and 1/2 northwest of me. I continued driving home examining the horizon for obvious plumes of smoke... nothing. I even drove up onto a ridge near my house to get a view to the west-- nothing. At home, nothing on the news, or on the SigAlert traffic map
, which might indicate a slowdown in the event of some major fire... nothing. Perhaps it was a small brush fire quickly contained? A car fire on along the Ventura Freeway? Don't know. Enough to provide a bit of a scare, though. A prompt to actually do some disaster planning.
Earlier today I saw newsgroup posts to the effect that David Brin
, who lives down near San Diego, I'm not sure exactly where, was in an evacuated area but has since returned home.
Meanwhile, the CI Host folks responded in a bit more detail this morning, to the effect that the problems with our e-mail service, due to the 'var partition' filling up, is due to the enormous volume of spam e-mail that's coming in; it overwhelms the server. Mm-hmm. I've wondered for a while now if our explicit posting of e-mail address on the homepage of our site isn't an increasingly foolish practice, *inviting* spammer robots to add us to their distribution lists... And so now I've started removing explicit e-mail links, and have updated the Contact page on the site with roundabout text descriptions of the e-mail addresses to use should anyone who hasn't already dealt with us wish to do so... If that doesn't work, we discontinue the locusmag.com e-mail accounts altogether, and switch to something else -- that's relatively secret.