Monday, October 22, 2007
Santiago Canyon Wildfire vs. MCAS El Toro
22 October 2007: On Sunday evening the nearby hills of Santiago Canyon became the latest victim to fire, adding to the already mounting number of wildfires throughout Southern California. El Toro Base is situated no less than five miles from the burning carnage. The sky was painted with orange, gray, and brown as smoke loomed overhead. Gusty winds and ash particulates which made the air difficult to breathe forced the city to shut down the base on Monday. All operations were closed for the day (which include Montessori Daycare, Lennar/Great Park offices, All-Star RV Storage, Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) extension classes, and base demolition). I believe this was the first time the entire base was shut down since it first re-opened to the public back in 2000/01.