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SoCal Fires

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Lanie, Dec 7, 2017 at 2:57 AM.

  1. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member

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    Hope everyone's okay. The wind is unbelievable; smoke and air quality is so bad. We have, what, 5 or 6 going on now?

    There's a new fire here where I am I can see from my house so I hope we don't have to evacuate. I can't find any information about it but it looks to be in giant open parkland which is next to our neighborhood though I'm not as close as some.
     
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  3. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    I’ve been reading about it and it sounds terrifying. Please stay safe.
     
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  4. attyfan

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    I agree Lanie ... stay safe. I've got two on my mind: I live approximately one and one-half miles away from the voluntary evacuation zone for one -- the Thomas -- fire (important papers and heirlooms are packed up and ready to go) and my brother lives about five miles from another -- the Skirball. The distances aren't as helpful now as they usually would be because of the wind.
     
  5. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member

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    Oh, @attyfan, then you must be close to me. All the smoke is crazy. The pictures from Santa Paula and Ventura are so sad. Stay safe.
     
  6. BittyBug

    BittyBug And the band played on

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    The images are terrifying. :(
     
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  7. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

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    I am from LA (Malibu) - the pictures are horrific. We evacuated 4 separate times while we lived in Malibu. It sounds as though the SoCal fires are like Wine Country fires. These fires are not like normal fires. It is a confluence of circumstances that are horrific. The winds are fueling the fires, and the fires are fueling the wind. The grass is dry. The live oaks (which are protected) have been allowed to stay where they die (you can't remove them).

    Some lessons learned in the Wine Country Fires.

    1. Better to get out early and find a hotel than to stay. There are people who tried to get out up here, but they were too late, and were trapped.
    2. As more people evacuate the roads will get clogged, and the hotel rooms will get full.

    Good luck to all of you. I will be praying for and thinking about you.
     
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  8. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

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    (((Lanie)))
     
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  9. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

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    Thinking of y'all.
     
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  10. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Stay safe, everyone.
    Evacuate, if necessary.
     
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  11. Winnipeg

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    I wish everyone safety! This sounds horrible
     
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  12. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

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    I hope everyone is safe
     
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  13. Aussie Willy

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    The images were terrible. Hope everyone is safe. But I could not believe that people were driving along the roads where the fires were happening. So risky.
     
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  14. Peaches LaTour

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    I lived in downtown Ventura for 20 years. It breaks my heart to see this destruction in the area I will always consider to be my home. I actually feel sick to my stomach over it.:(
    I hear now that it is at LaConchita which puts it on the Santa Barbara County line.
    Stay safe all who are there. Pray God that it will rain, SOON.
     
  15. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

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    And pray the wind stops
     
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  16. Peaches LaTour

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    And the Trump proposed tax cuts eliminates deductions to homeowners in the state of California for damage done by wildfires or earthquakes & every single California state GOP senator voted IN FAVOR of this bill.
    Cowards. Despicable cowards.
     
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  17. paskatefan

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    Everyone, stay safe, and evacuate if necessary!
     
  18. elka_sk8

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    Stay safe everyone! I was out in Santa Barbara this week and it was amazing how fast the fire spun up and air quality deteriorated. When we left yesterday there were a stream of evacuees ready to take our place at the hotel. It’s just heartbreaking. :(
     
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  19. skategal

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    My SIL and BIL are in Encinitas...San Diego County...which declared a state of emergency last night.

    Haven't heard anything from them so far today.

    Sending good thoughts to all affected by this. Stay safe.
     
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  20. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    (((((skategal and family)))))
     
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  21. ilovepaydays

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    Heartbreaking :(

    I knew Santa Anita Park was nearby and a lot of horses must train near there. I can’t imagine how terrifying this was for the trainers/caretakers and the horses.
     
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  22. skategal

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    SIL and BIL are okay.

    The smoke is bad but the fire is not super close to them.

    They are standing by in case they need to evacuate but are cautiously optimistic that they won't have to.
     
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  23. skatesindreams

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    Hopeful news is good!
     
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  24. Peaches LaTour

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    Elka_sk8:

    Did the fire reach downtown Ventura? I lived just off Main Street there.

    I worked at So., Cal Edison. After the Painted Cave fire years ago, (in Santa Barbara) they gave customers free electrical service for several months after the fire if they lost their home. Hope they will do the same for their customers in the Thomas fire & Santa Clarita area.
     
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  25. Vash01

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    This is so scary! On 60 minutes today they interviewed CA Gov. Jerry Brown said that these fires at different times of the year (used to be in summer) are evidence of global warming, but scientific evidence is denied. This is a state of emergency. I hope CA will get financial support from the feds.

    In the meantime, hoping that it doesn't get worse and everyone is safe.
     
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  26. Spun Silver

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    My sister just called from Santa Barbara. She and her friends are preparing to evacuate but still hoping they won't have to.
     
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  27. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

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    This is so scary. I hope they are safe and won't have to evacuate.

    My nehew goes to UCLA but I think right now he may be in the bay area. I am going to txt him.
     
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  28. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member

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    Praying for your sister @Spun Silver. <3

    Vash, sometimes we get 'em in December, but our fire season is usually October. One other problem we have here is the drought which is gone after heavy, heavy rainfall this winter, and all the growth of vegetation. They don't do controlled burns here so with the winds (it hasn't even been hot) get things going easy.
     
  29. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, Lanie! If you can see the fire from your house why haven't you evacuated? It sounds so dangerous! Be safe!
     
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  30. Lanie

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    @Spun Silver, I can only see it since the Thomas fire is so big! It was 10 miles or so away, now it's gone flared up by Santa Barbara which is further away from me.
     
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