The valley is playing host to several San Diego residents, here for different reasons, but all watching the fires in their hometown closely. "The five was closed, driving home on the 15 and seeing all the different fires around me, I've never seen anything like it," said Troy Krewson, who lives in Vista, California.
He planned a trip to Palm Springs before the fires started. Vista is just north of Carlsbad and San Marcos where fires continue to burn and evacuation are still in place. Krewson's prepared for the worst. "Vista hasn't been evacuated yet, that I know of, but I grabbed some important stuff and headed over here," said Krewson.
He and his friends, all from the San Diego area, came to the valley for a family reunion. While the fires aren't threatening their homes right now, they know how quickly the winds can shift. "It is frightening, but like I said, I don't feel like my house is directly affected, but you just never know, you just never know," said Rene Groh, who lives in Kearny Mesa.
While they try to enjoy the Coachella Valley, seeing flames like the ones in San Marcos, keeps them constantly checking up on their communities. "I've got so many family and friends down there and I just want to make sure those people are alright," said Josh Hill, who lives in downtown San Diego.
The outbreak of ten fires near their homes is also sparking memories of 2007. A series of fires including the large Witch Creek fire scorched nearly 200,000 acres, triggering the largest evacuation in San Diego county history. 'I remember just looking out at Balboa and seeing ash raining down, it was nuts, I was thinking, here we go," said Hill.
While they watch closely from the valley and hope for the best, they also make this request of others near the fire. "Don't try to fight it, don't try to be brave, just get out of there," said Hill. "Take your most important stuff and be safe."