Morgan Balaei, of Santa Rosa, told CNN on Monday that she saw at least two large pieces of ash fall from the sky over her California neighborhood.
Balaei shared her photos on CNN, one showing a huge piece of ash found outside her home on Sunday.
“It was on the street in front of my house,” Balaei told CNN about the large piece of ash. “At first it looked like someone’s toupee.”
Balaei said the ash that has fallen since the glass fire started on Sunday is mostly made up of burned leaves and white ash.
“I could hear it land on my car,” she said. A second photo of Balaei from her car shows ash on the windshield.
She found another large piece of ash in her blood orange tree on Monday afternoon.
While Balaei lives in an area that has not yet been evacuated, she told CNN the fire was still too close to comfort. She and her family have previously looked at the risk of fire and know that it is best to prepare for it.
“Fortunately, we learned from previous fires and packed all of the family’s important documents and memorabilia in one easy-to-access place and started loading our cars around midnight last night after all the warnings started,” Balaei told CNN. “We decided to wait for the mandatory evacuation notice before she leaves.”
Balaei said her family was evacuated for the Tubbs fire in 2017 and it was “really difficult”.
“As a family, we’ve decided that we’d rather be home for as long as possible and leave when asked,” she said, adding that the ashes she sees are affected.
“I find this fire different in terms of the amount of ash and the fact that you see a lot of burnt leaves underneath.”