October 23, 2007
Fires are still raging in California!
I have been calling a lot of my friends in San Diego to see if they are ok and affected by the fire... It seems as though a lot of San Diego is on fire or on the verge of being on fire... A lot of my friends have had to evacuate their homes and many are getting prepared to leave... It's REALLY scary. Apart for the trauma of losing one's home and possible the loss of a life, the air quality is EXTREMELY bad, forcing people to stay indoors. I am very afraid for my friends and for the state of California. They had a very dry year and now the Santa Ana's are passing through, giving fuel to the fire...
Here is what CNN had to say about the fires: "AN DIEGO, California (CNN) -- More than a dozen uncontained wildfires raged Monday across Southern California, threatening thousands of structures and forcing people to flee homes from San Diego to Malibu to Lake Arrowhead. Fire officials said more than 265,000 people have been evacuated and nearly 4,900 firefighters are battling the fast-moving blazes, which began over the weekend. By Monday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention had reported 13 active wildfires have consumed more than 98,000 acres and destroyed or damaged at least 50 homes and businesses across six counties. The winds driving the flames are expected to stay strong, coming out of the northeast, at least through Tuesday, according to CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano. "It's a tragic time for California," California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said earlier Monday. He declared a state of emergency in seven counties and asked the National Guard to pull 800 soldiers from patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border to help battle the wildfires. Monday evening, Schwarzenegger asked U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to order delivery of all available Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) to help fight the fires."