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Thread: Fire Update

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA

    Fire Update

    There were a total of 9 fires at one point. Four are out. One is 85% contained. There are 2 in Camp Pendleton largely burning out of control but no structures involved. Of the two left, containment on one is more than 50% but the other is only 5% contained. That fire is the one keeping me indoors out of the smoke.

    I am not in danger. Jim likely is also not in harm's way either as far as I can tell from watching the maps on TV. I feel in the middle of it however. The fire command center is a couple miles SE of me. Fire aircraft fly overhead constantly. I can hear sirens of emergency vehicles sporadically. I see lots of smoke. Last night I didn't see as much orange glow from the flames as the night before.

    Only one of the fires has a proven 'natural' ignition source at this time. The other 8 are being investigated thoroughly as there are some suspicious signs at the fire sites. That will take a while to come to any real determination. Just watched an interview with a retired arson investigator. Tips, video, and information are coming in to the investigators so I will not be surprised to find some arson involved.

    Temperatures are dropping. Humidity is rising. The wind has dropped dramatically. And fresh fire crews are coming in to relieve the local guys. They have been at it non-stop for 36+ hours.

    I learned a new word - firenado. There have been at least two of them. It looks exactly like a tornado but actually is flame rising hundreds of feet into the sky.

    As you can imagine, for those folks who lost everything it is tragic. And of course, there are those who are critical of the fire fighting efforts. But I can tell you from first hand experience how much better this situation is over the fire of 2003. What we will learn is how important it is to establish and maintain a defensible fire break around the house. Most of the homes that burned had vegetation right up to the building. They had no chance to be saved.

    So far, only one body found. No one reported hurt. Thousands evacuated safely. Potential looters are warned that expanded patrols are looking for them and the laws have gotten much harsher in that area as well.

    Now recovery operations have begun. Many fees are being waived for victims of the fires. Volunteer services have sprung up. You may hear of a special appeal from the Red Cross for funds to help here. If you choose to do that, then make sure it is an established agency and the funds are specially designated. There will be hucksters in that area as well.

    There will also be hucksters in the building trades coming in. Everyone here is encouraged to hire only licensed people. There may some job opportunities with local companies for skilled people.

    That's it for now. More later if its appropriate.

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    thanks for the update carol and glad you and jim survived this ok.. i have witnessed wild fires first hand so now some of the dangers involved.. the looters should be open season as well as the arsonists!
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Good news and thanks for the update. Beware the hucksters after any disaster. It's shameful and people are so gullible.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Carol I started a thread also---I started it a little after 7:00 this morning. However, I didn't get it finished until a few minutes ago. Sorry to be late. When I saw ashes all over things, I just stopped and went out to get the ashes off of the car, spa, etc. I didn't stop to think, I just started a thread instead of looking and seeing your thread.

    Glad to hear that you are doing OK.

    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    after hurricane sandy, a lot of people went around as volunteers to get themselves into the worst areas(most worst areas were blocked off by police and national guard to residents with proof of residency only!)
    these so called volunteers offered to help residents clean up their properties, but all they oroved to be were lowlifes that would steal valuables off of properties and take as much scrap metal as possible(pulling out piping and anything they could make money with)
    they never did any other cleanup.
    Ofcourse, their will be all the lowlife contractors that will take money up front for jobs, and never show again.
    People get desperate to get back into their homes and most legit contractors are booked first.

    I hope everyone here makes out safely and healthy in the end, both financially and well being.
    Mother nature has not been nice these past few years anywhere.
    Human Test Dummy

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