October 22, 2007

Southern California Fire Information Roudup

Dozens of wildfires all over the Southern California area.

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Most seem to be natural or accidental in nature (mostly from wind-downed high voltage lines), but the Santiago Canyon fire near Irvine was deliberately set. Bastards.

Fires in LA in October is as natural as Hurricanes in Florida in August. Northeasterly winds, called the Santa Anas bring hot dry air down from the high desert into the valleys and foothills, and well, it doesn't take much to start a big fire.

The LA Times has a good round-up and photo galleries. KCAL 9 is on the air live with updates, as new fires continue to pop up every hour or so in addition to the major fires in Malibu, Castaic, Canyon Country, San Diego, Irvine, Ontario, and Lake Arrowhead......

Here's links to information on School Closures and Evacuation Centers.

Folks with large animals can take them to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the Orange County Fairgrounds, or Pierce College Equestrian Center. Bring Food, Water, Water Tubs, and Medicine. Many animal shelters and vet offices will care for smaller pets, too. Call around for information. In emergencies, pet owners can call (818) 991-6384 to set up an emergency rescue in the Malibu OR Agua Dulce areas. For more animal info, check here.

It goes without saying, folks, but if you're in the fire area, get out when they tell you to leave, and if you're not in a fire area, stay the hell out. The firefighters need to get in and out without having to drive around your looky-loo ass.

Posted by caltechgirl at October 22, 2007 12:52 PM | TrackBack

I have been watching this on the news..looks bad. Hope you are safe and sound.

Posted by: GUYK at October 22, 2007 01:16 PM

I hope you guys are in a safe area. I am, but we're still seeing falling ash and smokey skies.

Posted by: Emily at October 22, 2007 04:43 PM

I can't quit watching it on the news. Its terrible.

Posted by: bou at October 22, 2007 07:24 PM

Reminds me of hurricanes... people don't leave and then whine because they want help. Sigh. I hope they listen to you!

Posted by: vw bug at October 23, 2007 07:53 AM

This is just horrible. Stay safe!

Posted by: beth at October 23, 2007 02:10 PM