Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Local Wildfires; day three

Overnight the 2000+ Firefighters working the fire-line managed to contain 20% of the blaze and hope to have it contained 100% by this time tomorrow.

The winds continue to blow it West through Simi Valley and through the hills, mercifully sparing property. As of this morning 13,400’ acres had been burnt; you can see the extent of it on the map.

The air quality has cleared due to the change in wind direction and last night the moon was white again and the stars shone brightly.

The evacuations have been lifted and nearly everyone is able to return to their homes. 19 buildings were destroyed and two people were killed; a homeless person who lived in the hills and the driver of a car involved in an accident, possibly smoke related. One Firefighter sustained an minor injury.

It’s been a long dry Summer and despite being October little there has been little of no rainfall since March/April. Hopefully we’ll get a wet winter. It’s a stark reminder of the price we pay for living in such a beautiful part of the world..well that and the earthquakes.

Thank you all for you thoughts and comments. I hope to report tomorrow that normal blog service has been resumed.

8 comments:

  1. Glad things are looking up!

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  2. Glad to hear that things are looking better around your area. Hope that things continue to improve!

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  3. got my fingers crossed that this is nearly the end...

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  4. That's promising news (not the deaths or home destruction) but the fact that they might have it contained tomorrow. Keep on hangin tight!

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  5. Thanks for keeping us updated. Hopefully it will settle soon.

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  6. glad to hear that things are looking up.... it's amazing how much damage a fire can cause... good luck out there! :)

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  7. Great to hear you're able to return to your house!

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  8. I was about to say if itsn't the wildfires, it's the earthquakes. I'd put up with it to live out there.

    Glad you and the family are safe.

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