So Cal Wild Fires

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    Oct 22, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    The fires are outragous, they are ravaging all of southern california, Rancho Bernado is gone, San Marcos is in ful evacuation Malibu is up in smoke. What the hell is happening?
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    Oct 22, 2007 10:36 PM GMT
    Was in Spring Valley on Friday/Saturday - glad I left - but worried about friends/family in the area...
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    Oct 22, 2007 10:41 PM GMT
    Not enough prescribed burns leads to too many unprescribed burns.

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    Oct 22, 2007 10:41 PM GMT
    ya its scary the if the rancho bernardo fire continues the way its goin it'll hit the coast tonight, im afraid for my frnds in Encinitas
  • phill

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    Oct 22, 2007 11:09 PM GMT
    i had to get in contact with 5 of my friends there. they are all alright but it has taken a toll emotionally on them all. Im sorry that this happened.
  • Salubrious

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    Oct 23, 2007 3:24 AM GMT
    It's very odd. I go to school in Cleveland, but my family is in Santa Clarita. First it was the big pileup on the 5, and now they've been evacuated. Crazy stuff.
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    Oct 23, 2007 4:37 AM GMT
    Even if you aren't where the fires are, since its mixed with the Santa Ana winds, it sucks for everyone - especially the firefighters. But the sky was brown and red; it looked like we were under like some nuclear wear. Now that isn't a problem for me, but just breathing is a pain. There is ash and dust everywhere! It's hard to believe. I feel for those who have had their lives burned away.
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    Oct 23, 2007 9:38 AM GMT
    The news tonight wasn't clear,but was Elcajun (excuse the spelling) hit, my nephew and his daughter were told to get out his morning, and his cellpone is not taking calls. Thanks guysicon_idea.gif
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    Oct 23, 2007 2:17 PM GMT
    From some one who is in the middle of it all I can tell you gusy it is just getting worse. Breathing is starting to hurt and fires ar all around the LA, from the North, west and south and this morning a fire in the east side broke out. This was going to happen, we knew it but sad as it always is, those in power didnt do a dam thing to prevent it.
  • DiverScience

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    Oct 23, 2007 2:23 PM GMT
    My friend in Fallbrook wasn't allowed home yesterday. Luckily he had just taken records and his cat out.
  • Alan95823

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    Oct 23, 2007 2:27 PM GMT
    A friend of mine in Crestline was ordered to evacuate last night, so she took off with her 2 dogs and 4 cats. While losing her house would be tragic, it wouldn't be as bad as losing her.

    I just don't get it. These fires happen every couple of years and always have. Those Santa Ana winds really do a number on them. When I was a kid, living in southern calif, there were a couple of times we'd go outside and find ashes an inch or so thick on the ground.

    You'd think something could be done to minimize this damage.
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    Oct 23, 2007 3:13 PM GMT
    I agree that there are personal tradgedies playing out all over So Cal - and I wish they could be avoided.

    The harsh truth is that periodic burnouts are part of nature's cycle. When we build homes in areas subject to risk, we have to accept that risk.

    Like most of you, we have friends in affected areas, and we hope with all our hearts they come through it OK. Our home is open to them if they need a refuge, and they know it.

    But when the winds kick up in a dry climate, even with mitigation rules about clearing brush near one's home and keeping bushes out from under eaves, and all of the other rules, requirements, and recommendations, homes will be lost.

    Some of you may remember the Mailbu fires of 20 or so years ago, or the Oakland Hills fire in the Bay Area - then there were the fires in 2003 - it's going to happen again and again. At least this time there were more emergency plans in place. Each time the state goes through this, it gets a little better at addressing it. I only wish the Katrina response, which affected my family, had been as good.
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    Oct 23, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    PSBigJoey,

    That is so true. Being a Southern California native.
    The Santa Ana winds during the month of October is nothing and some time you call do all the right things and it just takes one down power line and a small fire starts and then it takes on a life of it's own.

    I recall the fires in Oakland Hills(GolfLinks) was the name of the area. The problem there was the the fire engines could get up the hill due to the narrow streets. There was only one way in and one way out!

    It is the accepted risk when you build and live in dry brush and I only pray that my friends and some family that live in the area get out unharmed.

    One of my friends they had to drag kicking and screaming because he wanted to stay and try to save his home.

    You're looking at 50 foot flames and you have a garden hose, yeah you'll win.

    It's tragic but it happens every year because the Santa Ana winds are a part of Southern California life.
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    Oct 23, 2007 5:16 PM GMT
    View from our deck in Spring Valley as of 4 a.m. this morning:

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    Oct 24, 2007 6:26 AM GMT
    I live in temecula, i can see 5 fires all around me, fallbrook has lost 500 homes, btw fallbrook is a small town, rancho bonardo is up in flames, theres fire everywhere, thr skys are red and thick with ash and dust, the winds are harsh and dry. my uncle lost his home in Lake Arowhead, and my grandparents lost their home in Fallbrook. Please send your prayers, meditations and thughts out to us in southern california.
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    Oct 24, 2007 7:19 AM GMT
    These fires suck big balls in a bad way. My family have all evacuated, and I'm half tempted to fly home and help them take care of shit. Yeah, biiiiiiig bad balls.
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    Oct 24, 2007 7:21 AM GMT
    and no, El Cajon has not been hit. Lakeside has been, and the east hills have been evacuated in El Cajon in case the fires shift from Santee, but it's safe for now.
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    Oct 24, 2007 7:27 AM GMT
    I've been following this on the news as I have friends all around that area. My thoughts are with them, as well as all of you.

    Stay safe, guys.
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    Oct 24, 2007 2:22 PM GMT
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    Oct 24, 2007 8:09 PM GMT
    these are pics of the sky in the temecula area around 12:20 this afternoon

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    Oct 24, 2007 8:15 PM GMT
    im in total aw by these fires, to turn day into night, its amazing yet terrifing.
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    Oct 24, 2007 8:33 PM GMT
    Has the EPA released any sort of air warnings for people in California or the surrounding states due to these fires? From the pics I've seen, it can't be good to be in such close proximity to all those toxins?
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    Oct 24, 2007 8:35 PM GMT
    ya im not too sure
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    Oct 25, 2007 11:34 AM GMT
    I have a friend about 1-1/2 miles SE of Dixon Lake, just E of Hwy86 outside of Escondido - does anyone have any word on that area? I can't reach him....

    Xpreso?
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    Nov 01, 2007 10:09 PM GMT
    Here are some pics from my deck...

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