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3,000-acre wildfire erupts in area of I-5, Frazier Park
By BakersfieldNow.com staff Published: May 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM PDT Last Updated: May 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM PDT












Fire Crews Continue Attack on 3,000-Acre Wildfire North of Los Angeles
The fire started early Wednesday afternoon and consumed 2,000 acres in about 2 1/2 hours
By Jonathan Lloyd | Thursday, May 16, 2013 | Updated 6:27 AM PDT


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Frazier Park, Calif. — A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop as dusk descends on the Los Padres National Forest near Gorman, where the Grand fire has burned more than 3,500 acres.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIS SINCO / LOS ANGELES TIMES




PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIS SINCO / LOS ANGELES TIMES


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Mission San MiguelFounded in 1797, Mission San Miguel is a National Historical Landmark that has been an important part of Central Coast history for over 200 years. Come experience the rich history of Mission San Miguel.





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Saint Francis de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos NM This Mission was built between 1772 and 1816. Claimed to be the most photographed Church in the Country. Don't recall ever being there when there were no photographers taking photos.
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13. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:23 AM GMT on May 27, 2013
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12. clearlakemike
4:10 PM GMT on May 20, 2013
Quoting sandiquiz:
Hey, look.. a hiker and not a tourist! lol

You are driving back up to SA... is that where you have to fly from for Hawaii?
I love dry heat.. it was a dry heat in central Zambia... but when it gets hot here it gets so humid, and it is the humidity that knocks you out!

How soon before you head back to the fog?


lol...yes, I like my little camera, easier to hike with and I don't look like a tourist!! Yes, I fly back from SF. The dry heat is so much easier to take. I know about the humidity and yes it does take you out! When I was living in the eastern US the humidity was intense in the summer. Spending another day or so here in LA and then going back to Fog Land.
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11. sandiquiz
3:51 PM GMT on May 20, 2013
Hey, look.. a hiker and not a tourist! lol

You are driving back up to SA... is that where you have to fly from for Hawaii?
I love dry heat.. it was a dry heat in central Zambia... but when it gets hot here it gets so humid, and it is the humidity that knocks you out!

How soon before you head back to the fog?
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10. clearlakemike
3:42 PM GMT on May 20, 2013
Quoting palmettobug53:
Eeeh, Mike. I've been seeing the news on that wildfire. Where's rain when you need it?

Those mission churches are beautiful. Very plain and unpresuming on the outside but inside? So ornate!

Psssst....... Palm Springs? Have you seen any ghostly golfers? Bob Hope or Der Bingle, perhaps?



Bug, I haven't been keeping up with the news since I left Lebec but I think the cool down probably helped. Yes, I like the painted interiors of the mission churches also. It is amazingly cooler inside them and they were built to last, enduring many earthquakes. Most of those mission churches are still functional holding masses (not that you would see me at Mass, lol, but I enjoy them from an artistic/historical perspective.) Didn't see Bob Hope or Der Bingle but I felt the presence of my father here and there. He loved playing golf too. I think he was along for the ride on some of that trip.
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9. clearlakemike
3:30 PM GMT on May 20, 2013
Quoting SBKaren:
Hi Mike. Silly me finally decided to 'talk' to you here instead of in Sandi's blog! I don't get here as often as I once did, I spend most of my 'catch up with folks' time on FB.

Anyway....I see you were right in the mix of it with the Frazier fire. It's not making it in the news lately (or I just haven't had the news on - which is more like it - it's been one of those weekends), so perhaps they have it somewhat contained.

I wanted to respond to this:
EDIT: Karen, I got as far down the valley as Indian Wells this evening! I had never been past Palm Desert before and ventured all the way down to La Quinta. Indian Wells is beautiful!! Love all the tall Palms lining the highway through there, very nice!

If you ever drove past the big Tennis Center that is in Indian Wells, you were very close to my bothers house. They could walk to it if they wanted to, but my brother's not a big walker. He claims it's either too hot, too dark, too cold or .... whatever! He'll walk when he comes to visit here, but that's because we shame him into it! If we are going somewhere in 'Old Town' Seal Beach - we walk! It's within a mile!!!

Hope you are enjoying your visit. Looks like the desert had a bit of a cool down this weekend! It was lovely here!


Karen, shame on brother! LOL Yes, I did see the Tennis Center. I saw someone, probably not your brother or maybe it was because he was riding a bicycle, lol, riding around thereby. What a lovely setting! And lucky you to be so close to the beach! I did walk while I was in Palm Springs...did a three mile hike through the Indian Canyons in 90-100 degree heat (not sure exactly but it was still in the high 80's in the early evening, love the warm evenings there too.) Enjoyed it very much. So much so that I am thinking of moving back to Palm Springs for six months of the year! In LA now and took a drive up to Malibu yesterday. Felt kind of cold with some patchy fog. But soon I will be back in the real fog of San Francisco.
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8. palmettobug53
10:14 PM GMT on May 19, 2013
Eeeh, Mike. I've been seeing the news on that wildfire. Where's rain when you need it?

Those mission churches are beautiful. Very plain and unpresuming on the outside but inside? So ornate!

Psssst....... Palm Springs? Have you seen any ghostly golfers? Bob Hope or Der Bingle, perhaps?

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7. SBKaren
10:09 PM GMT on May 19, 2013
Hi Mike. Silly me finally decided to 'talk' to you here instead of in Sandi's blog! I don't get here as often as I once did, I spend most of my 'catch up with folks' time on FB.

Anyway....I see you were right in the mix of it with the Frazier fire. It's not making it in the news lately (or I just haven't had the news on - which is more like it - it's been one of those weekends), so perhaps they have it somewhat contained.

I wanted to respond to this:
EDIT: Karen, I got as far down the valley as Indian Wells this evening! I had never been past Palm Desert before and ventured all the way down to La Quinta. Indian Wells is beautiful!! Love all the tall Palms lining the highway through there, very nice!

If you ever drove past the big Tennis Center that is in Indian Wells, you were very close to my bothers house. They could walk to it if they wanted to, but my brother's not a big walker. He claims it's either too hot, too dark, too cold or .... whatever! He'll walk when he comes to visit here, but that's because we shame him into it! If we are going somewhere in 'Old Town' Seal Beach - we walk! It's within a mile!!!

Hope you are enjoying your visit. Looks like the desert had a bit of a cool down this weekend! It was lovely here!
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6. clearlakemike
7:11 AM GMT on May 18, 2013
omg, she sounds like my Uncle. He doesn't drive anywhere anymore (too old) but he would never drive on a freeway/motorway either! And took the circuitous route to avoid them too, lol...or just take the bus. It took me awhile to get re-use to them myself after not being on one for 3 years. There are none on the Island of Hawaii, just two lane roads and a short amount of four lane divided highways with low speed limits. Going in the same direction at once here with so many cars and trucks, oh so many trucks! flying by at 70-80 mph is a little overwhelming. I hated driving in snow. I had to do that when I was a young driver in Maryland. I had a few fender benders too...just slid right into other cars. I was so glad when I moved to California and didn't have to do that anymore.

Well, have a nice drive, LOL...a nervous nelly driver and a wailing kitten!! And it's voggy too! How fun!!! NOT!
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5. sandiquiz
6:03 AM GMT on May 18, 2013
In answer to your query on my blog ...

My friend does drive but she is not a very confident driver and has NEVER driven on Motorways before!

I am not sure who might wail the most...Max kitty or her, when she sees four lanes of traffic all going the same way!
We have both two laned and single laned roads here in MK and she gets herself to work in a most circuitousness route to avoid the dual carriageways!
The year before last when we had all the snow, and I was on my own - Chris in Canada - I often got a phone call at 7am to ask me if I would drive her to work, as she couldn't drive in snow. I don't drive in snow if it is over 6 inches, but she doesn't drive on one inch!! lol

Right I will take as much "soleil" you want to send - it is "voggy" here this morning!!

BFN!


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4. clearlakemike
4:51 AM GMT on May 18, 2013
lol...send the pluie to SF but I will gladly send you some soleil from here, there is plenty to spare and no charge :) The sun shines in Palm Springs over 350 days a year on average! Perfect for people like moi that do not like clouds.
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3. sandiquiz
5:02 PM GMT on May 17, 2013
Glad to read you have reached your destination and your "pauvres vieux os sont encore chauds'....
I will send you some pluie if you send some soleil!!!
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2. clearlakemike
7:06 AM GMT on May 16, 2013
Hi Sandi, I have the windows closed and have a little heat on mixed with a little outside air, I guess, in the AC/heater unit. It is a little chilly up here in the Tehachapi's this evening, at least for moi (you know what a delicate thing I am when it comes to being cold, lol.) The wind was blowing the smoke away from us earlier and I have no idea what is going on outside now. I don't smell smoke so I guess I am pretty well cocooned in the filtered air and/or it is still blowing away. I think I hear the trucks going about out there but the air conditioning unit is doing a good job of muffling it and providing nice relaxing ambient noise. I kind of feel like I am on a jet, you know that whooshing air noise?

Yes, Karen is right...it is very, very dry in much of California. Not much rain this past winter, even in the north.

All close-ups will be done with 'special effects' aka zoom lens as I don't want to become part of the 'story'! :-)
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1. sandiquiz
5:27 AM GMT on May 16, 2013
I claim FIRST!! Lol

Hi Mike, this looks like it could be a problem...Karen said they haven't had much rain yet this season. You reported in my blog that it is ten percent contained...but that means it is still ninety percent out of control!!!

Hope you manage to get some sleep, will the smoke effect your breathing?
Take care and get no nearer than the little camera zoom can get you!!!
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