Chariot Fire – Southern CA Fire Season 2013

Less than a month after California officials warn fire season could be worst in 100 years, we have our first big fire in the San Diego area. The Chariot Fire is a 2,500 acres brush fire burning southeast of Julian, CA. Cal Fire maintains a map of active California wild fires. View California Fire Map…

Solar Hot Water Retrofit

When our house was built in 1988, a solar hot water system was installed. Although providing hot water reliably throughout the seven years we have lived here, the twenty year old system was needing some attention. In particular, the solar storage tank had started to leak, and standing water under one’s house is never really…

Another small quake

Like I said before, little earthquakes happen all the time around here, but it does seem like I’m noticing more of these small tremors than I have in the past. The red square indicates a magnitude 3.7 event that occurred 3 km (2 miles) SE of Lake Henshaw, CA just after 11pm PDT on May…

Earthquake near Ramona, just a small one

It is not unusual to feel the occasional quake where we live just north east of San Diego. Usually the epicenter is far to the east, near or in the desert. In fact there are small quakes all over California and Nevada all the time. So when I heard the rumble and felt a little…