SoCal fires

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  1. czechrboard tassia

    czechrboard tassia Likes gay people.

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    So I got a call this morning at 730 from Taylor saying that a bunch of fires cropped up overnight in San Diego county. My boyfriend's family, my mom's best friend, and a lot of my friends have been evacuated (mandatory). My family is still ok, but there are fires to the south, west, east, and north east, and with the current wind direction there is a chance that they will need to evacuate as well.

    I'm having a little bit of a mental meltdown especially considering that this is four years almost to the day of the Cedar fires... a lot of my friends lost their homes and i lost a friend.

    Anyway, if you could keep the people in SoCal in your thoughts, I'd really appreciate it.

    PS djsoulriot and all the other t3d socalers, idk if you're affected but I'm thinking about you all.
  2. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Thank god for living in the middle of nowhere, on the flat plains. I don't have to worry brush fires, forest fires, hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis, major earthquakes.
  3. There's no point in freaking out. The news stations are putting on the "Holy shit California is fucking burning" thing right now. Other than the big Malibu(and the ventura? fire that's been burning forever) fire, I don't think there's any other serious fires going.

    EDIT: OK, I just saw the big one in Romona(N San Diego). 5k acres is a good size fire.
  4. Alex B

    Alex B Junior Member

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    Yeah I think that one hit everyone pretty hard...
  5. braaains

    braaains gubble gubble

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    I was really close to the canyon country fire, but it went the other way. All of us High Desert tweakers are good.

    I hope your family is okay. I've been evacuated before, its pretty awful
  6. djsoulriot

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    As Scoob's said, this network of SoCalers is in the safe and clear. Thankyou for the concern though, and I'm really sorry to hear about your loss.

    Fire's pretty nuts. Almost every fire season we'd get out of school and the sky would be blanketed with smoke, the dull light of the sun coming through in crimson red was always a sight to see. It always felt like hell had come to Earth on those days, with the smell of smoke and flakes of ash coating the ground.

    Do let us know how your family/friends are after the fire clears up.
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    What about floods, locusts, and tornadoes?
  8. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Not a large enough body of water near me to worry about, we've only ever had really bad grasshoppers a couple of years that I can remember, and tornadoes...they seem to happen all over the place but here.
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    caniacpack New Member

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    Ok, I got one you can't write off...

    COW FLATULENCE & GLOBAL WARMING
  10. Pope John

    Pope John the most modest.

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    i was just down in oceanside. there are a lot of poeple staying hotels int hat area that got evac'd from SD. i was talking to this middle-aged woman for a while. too bad she was married :p

    i'm doing all right in my area. the smoke hasn't descended to our area, but there's walls of smoke all around us.

    yup, nothing spectacular.
  11. Pope John

    Pope John the most modest.

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    ohh man. just got word that they're evacuating the east side of the base. no wi have to work all night. blah. gotta help unload a thousand cots, load them on 7-tons and set them up... somewhere. then they're likely gonna pull a handful of marines to go help out the police secure the area. what a shitty day.

    i hate you fire.
  12. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Up north here, it's not a truely big fire unless it's above 10,000 acres. We don't have to worry about anything except forest firestorms and volcanoes.
  13. braaains

    braaains gubble gubble

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    Well, 10,000 acres came and went long ago for these fires.

    The one close to me has already burnt up over 35,000 acres,

    And the San Diego fire tas is talking about, im not sure the acrage burnt, but countless homes have been destroyed already, so i'd guess a whole lot of acres as well. (EDIT: My dad just told me 20k acres)

    :-\
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    damn air is carp now.. i cant breathe here... and school is making us go..
  15. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    That chapperal burns fast and hot. Not too good an idea to build your house, without providing a defensible zone around it. Especially when dry, warm wether turns that chapperal into something as flamable as gasoline. Did you know that every rural home has a rating as to how "defensible" it is in case of a fire? I have a good buddy that is wildland fire specialist/captain and his duty requires him to make those decisions. When fire breaks loose, he has to either red, or green tag properties. Red tag and they won't even try to save the structure. It's totally up to the homeowner to make sure they have a defensible property, if they want an attempt made to save it.Forest Home Fire Safety
    P.S. part of the services offered by the company I work for involves advising clients on the matters of
    home wildland fire defense. As long as people want to build their homes in high-risk areas, such as forested hillsides, canyons and mountaintops, chapparel laden areas, there's going to be home losses and evacs.
  16. Google Maps

    Google maps of the fires, probably updated regularly. That one in Rainbow is kinda close, but there's no way they'll let go through Temecula(and get to me).
  17. czechrboard tassia

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    So, an update.

    Taylor and his family are currently in Lake Elsinore (by super_chris) and depending on how today and tomorrow will either head back to their home in Escondido or go to Anaheim to their grandparents place. Their house is in an area that the fire went through (the north side of Lake Hodges) but we don't know if his house was damaged or not and probably won't know for at least another 24 hours.

    My mom's best friend lives in Rancho Bernardo (one of the areas most devastated, just south of Lake Hodges). He, like an idiot, waited too long to leave and then couldn't because the freeway was closed. He ended up helping the firefighters for several hours and eventually snuck back into his apartment complex, which was under mandatory evac. Like I said, IDIOT. Today he tried to check on Tay's house, but it's still blocked off unless you live there, in which case you can get a police escort to grab anything you didn't grab before and then go somewhere safer. He's going to help his sister evacuate (I think she's in the Spring Valley-ish area?) and is hoping to join up with my family later tonight.

    My family got a reverse 911 call this morning around 6. Not sure if it's due to the exceptionally poor air quality or bc our house is actually in danger, but they packed up and are headed to Palm Springs until things calm down. Currently, the Rice Fire is threatening the western most border of my home town (although it's still pretty far away) and there are fires on the southeastern parts of town (the area where the Cedar fires were most devastating 4 years ago). Several of my VC friends' families have also been evac'd.

    It's been a long two days but the good news is that it looks like the fires are headed away from our areas. Not that I'm happy they're still burning, just that all my loved ones are mostly out of harm's way.
  18. Sucks to be Taylor/Me, because the fires are moving up into Temecula(30mi south of Elsinore).

    I took this pic at about 2:30. It's from Franklin St hill.

    The left is Temecula and the right is DeLuz. Two fires, both closing in on my current location. I'm not too worried though, Riverside County knows their shit.
    [​IMG]

    EDIT: BBC indicated 9 fires over 1k acres. Holy fuck.
  19. j0k3r

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    This is a no-win situation for FEMA. If they do a good job, everyone will say because of the rich white people. If they do a crap job, par for the course.
  20. mistawiskas

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    FEMA is basically worthless.
  21. Pope John

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    my personal update. two fires sprung up on pendleton. i'm gonna grab my camera and try and get a pic. but it's only 5.0 MP so probably won't get anything. i'll update with a map though.

    my area is pinned between two fires. one looks like they're containing it, or maybe we just can't see the flames anymore through the smoke.

    my cousin-in-law(?) who is a firefighter here on the base is in the hospital right now for smoke inhalation, but he's stable. brb with updates.

    edit:

    kay, here's a map of where i'm at and where the fires are. i don't know the distance. but close enough.
    [​IMG]

    here's a pic, of the northern fire, with 9.6% digital zoom. hence the quality. i tried touching it up in photoshop, but really jsut played with the levels to get better contrast. man, i hate the quality. IRL you can actually see the flames over the crest.
    [​IMG]

    i get work off tomorrow, as well. they're pretty much putting us on standby in the event we should be summoned to help with the fires.
  22. thadood

    thadood I Am The Black Wizards

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    Mark my words. If you think you live in a SAFE part of the country, you're mistaken. Let us not forget about the flying zombie laser sharks.
  23. superlinuxman

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    Im in the heart of santa monica so the fires are not impacting me. Aside from the smoke that cast a nasty yellow tint on the city today. Hope everyone stays safe and these fires get under control soon :(
  24. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    I have a friend whose on a business trip in Irvine, she said there pretty bad and Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura Sunday night. She was gonna have a 2 day business trip but is leaving again i suppose in a few hours, says she was able to smell the smoke once she got off the plane