questionsfire bad!!! how do you get to work when there is…

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In SoCal, one must know alternate routes to get anywhere!

A couple years ago when the tanker truck fire closed burnt an overpass on the 60 and forced the freeway shutdown, I took an alternate. 2+ hours for 20 miles, but I made it. :)

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UPDATE: My home has been evacuated. I did not think the fires were that close! I am at work so I am fine but all I can think about is my place. Police told me they are evacuating as a precaution.

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@conanthelibrarian: It would have been more helpful if you'd named the freeways that were affecting you. I'm all for privacy, but there's only ONE fire burning where freeways are closed in the US, so we already have those details. I'll think positive thoughts for your home, but understand that it's all chance, and wind direction, and how much dry brush is how close to you...

That said, seeing that at least the Ventura Freeway (101 West of 405 for all you non-Californians) was affected, I'd say that you almost certainly know about PCH and Ventura Blvd. I'd even have gone far to the north, and used 118, but that may also be inaccessible by now. I used to know every single back road and alternative route in Greater Los Angeles; most of that knowledge is still probably useful. Sawtelle Blvd used to be my favorite route home, in the long ago times.

Again, good luck with your home.

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Regular route? One never takes the same route twice. At least that's what the voices in my head tell me.

That said, I am blessed (? Well, in this example I suppose) to live in an area where I have a large choice of routes to get out of town. In the past, however, I have lived in areas where there are pretty much two ways...the regular way, and the add an hour to your route way. I believe most GPS units/apps though, should have a way to say "no, avoid this road, figure out another route", so if I were in a similar situation, where I just simply couldn't think/didn't know of an alternate, I would turn to technology.

Good luck on the house, hope all goes well.

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I live in the "you can't get there from here" boondocks, so there really aren't many alternate routes without going WAY out of my way. However, it does happen upon occasion that the road is blocked with livestock or something and we must either wait it out or find another road.

Sending good karma to you @conanthelibrarian . . .stay safe!

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Usually I know many alt ways. Sometimes I'm stuck and there are no good options. And sometimes Google Maps.

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UPDATE: The fire was not too bad when I originally asked this question. The fire quickly grew from 100 acres to 2600 acres due to wind. My community has been evacuated for at least today and tomorrow. A few buildings in my area have caught fire but were quickly put out.

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Hope the fire is moving away from your neighborhood.

I have several routes I take to and from work. Time of day, mood and orange cones determine how I go. I am in a smaller city and work in a smaller town nearby.

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To answer the question, A good GPS with lots of luck and a few prayers tossed in seems to be the only answer but there is the possibility that there is no solution depending on the alternate routes and obstacles (fire, emergency responders etc).

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I have a job that requires me to drive around a lot. I've had that job for 12+ years, so over time, I've learned all sorts of alternate routes.

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Sorry, ignoring the question - and wishing you LUCK!

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@conanthelibrarian: "My community has been evacuated for at least today and tomorrow."

Oh, geez! If it's possible, please touch base with us on Friday to give us an update on how you and your home are doing.

Meanwhile, I'm frantically uploading all the good juju I can round up for you!

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Think rain think rain lots of rain over the fire.