A number of you have emailed asking about the "Triangle Fire" (or "Freeway Complex Fire") which has swept through parts of Orange County. Things have calmed down greatly today. But it was sure crazy on Saturday!
Christ Reformed Church is located very close to Anaheim Stadium (where the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play). The fire was never close to the church, although at my home (a few miles to the west of the church) it rained ash for two days. It was very smokey, and hard to breathe. Mind you, the fire was at least ten miles away!
We did have a number of church members displaced. One family was evacuated, another church member's father had homes burn on either side of his (in Yorba Linda) while his home was spared. Several of our families live in communities adjacent to evacuated neighborhoods. They were all packed and ready to go, but never got the call to leave.
It was a strange Lord's Day yesterday. It was hot and windy and we could see the dense smoke in the nearby hills to the north. A number of our members could not attend because of road-closures, yet we had a number of folk attending from a local URC plant, and several from Grace Presbyterian (Ron Gleason's PCA congregation) in Yorba Linda. The fire burned through the area where Grace is located to the north and east of us. In fact, the apartments that burned in Anaheim Hills, are directly across the 91 Freeway from Grace. And while the church was not damaged (thankfully), the road on which Grace is located (La Palma) was still closed on Sunday morning.
Here's a link to a great photo-essay if you are interested. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/11/california_wildfires_yet_again.html For those of you who don't know So Cal, the photos of Yorba Linda, Brea, Anaheim Hills, were all taken within a few miles of Christ Reformed, and many of our members know the locations that suffered damage first-hand.
We are very thankful that God spared our congregation (and Grace Presbyterian). Please remember to pray for all those who lost homes, or who have been displaced. A fire like this disrupts life for nearly everyone who lives in or near these communities. It take weeks for people's lives to return to normal.