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on Jul 23, 2008
Read carefully the last sentence of this story. It conjures up an interesting image. Serves 'em right for getting out of their cars...
We got a lot of smoke here in Los Altos. Didn't see any wafting commuters, however.
I saw the copter filling up at Shoreline lake - funny - is there something about fresh water that's better than the apparently closer salt water in the bay?
Wouldn't want to harm the vegetation that might be growing on that landfill would we?
I wonder what kind of nasty toxins are in that smoke....
I was wondering same thing Nayba. I heard it is a compost fire, if so it could have self-ignited, and will be tough to put out, but hopefully nothing toxic.
"A *number* of fire engines..."?
Shoreline Lake is salt water, it's a manufactured lake that gets its water from the Bay. If anything, it's saltier than the Bay.
It's starting to get here. Was clear about an hour ago. Mountain View and Los Altos were all smoke at about 6:40pm.
i agree it smells pretty smoky in menlo park.
Total guess on my part, but is this a spontaneous combustion event?
I have seen a number of haystack fires, caused by spontaneous combustion. There is no putting them out, they just burn out, or bulldozers are used to break them up.
If it turns out that it is spontaneous combustion, Palo Alto will probably face some fines, if not lawsuits. Compost piles are not safe, unless they are maintained safe (not an easy thing to do).
It was hard to breath today along El Camino in Mountain View. I think MV and Los Altos got worse smoke fog that even Palo Alto
the smoke seems heavier in the hills west of palo alto at this hour. must be the wind patterns. i drove up from middlefield road where it was pretty mild, and it is much thicker up here.
I heard radio report that they were watching it burn. not a reasonable option for the residents in south palo alto. the smoke is choking us over here.
Is the smoke toxic or not? And when will they have it out. We need some answers immediately.
The fire is not toxic--it's from compost, which is made up of lawn clippings!!
I was walking around the Baylands when it happened, and my boyfriend and I are convinced we saw the tail of an airplane. It was quite eerie having the smoke fly directly over us, rapidly shifting the shadows. I'm impatient to discover how exactly the fire started and what that shape we saw was.
You should inform the police and firedept what you saw and where.
I got home and the neighborhood smelled like a campground.
I was at the driving range; heard a loud crack, like a tree branch hitting a power line, then 5 or 6 assorted red and yellow fire trucks whizzed by, along with a few battalion chiefs. I could also see the helicopters dumping water out by the freeway. Every few minutes, a new truck would race down Embarcadero in one direction or the other.
My whole neighborhood smells like a campfire, and smoke is visible everywhere.
"I saw the copter filling up at Shoreline lake - funny - is there something about fresh water that's better than the apparently closer salt water in the bay?"
Bay has a lot of power lines.
The smell is still very strong in West Menlo at 10pm. We have closed all our windows.
i am dying down here, the smoke is so thick....
It's still very smoky here. It might be better to bring pets inside.
channel 2 reports it will take several days to put out!!
I'm out in Woodside at the edge of Emerald Hills. Am not liking breathing burnt "compost" particles. A air purifier would sure come in handy right now!
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