Lake Hodges Funnel Graphic – 07:30

| October 24, 2007

I have mentioned that on Monday the fire burned through the basin area between Rancho Bernardo and Escondido that holds Lake Hodges. With the winds blowing about 40 MPH, this area created a natural funnel and path for the fire to follow, and can largely explain the massive devastation of homes on either side of the lake.

Lake Hodges Funnel2.jpg

Using Google Earth, this graphic displays the terrain around the area, along with the markers for the houses we know have been lost.

Using the KPBS overlay set, and viewing North East from above Rob’s house in Encinitas, we get a much different view of the Witch Creek Fire and it’s path towards the sea through Rancho Santa Fe.

Encinitas Witch.jpg

The fire boundary is several hours old, and we are not entirely sure where the western front of this fire is. We are hoping for an update in the next few hours. Clearly visible on this image is the path that the wind driven fire took down the canyons from Ramona down towards Del Mar.

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Bruce Henderson is a former Marine who focuses custom data mining and visualization technologies on the economy and other disasters.

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  1. arman52 says:

    Thanks so much for all the work you’ve done relating to the fires. The visual of the Witch Creek fire is the best real feel that I’ve gotten on its path over the last 48 hours. Thanks again, and stay safe!