Southern CA is On Fire Again!!

  1. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you who are or may be affected by this latest catastrophe, spawned by the Santa Ana "devil winds" and causing the entire population of my hometown, Ramona, to be evacuated along with parts of Poway, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and many other areas.

    Wasn't it only a couple of years ago that the Cedar Fire and several others consumed thousands of acres and hundreds of homes? I wasn't there for that one, but as a Southern Californian I grew up very much aware of the nature of fire, and knew that at certain times of the year, you could practically go out and BREATHE on the weeds and they'd ignite.

    I remember the infernos of 1967 and 1970 especially well, even though I was a child at the time. In '67, they closed the schools and even cancelled Halloween because of the fires---everyone was needed at home to try to fight the fires and save their homes and properties. In fact, my father and I were out on the ranch one afternoon trying to rescue some of our chickens when a wall of fire leaped across the road and headed straight for us. If the wind hadn't switched directions when it did, I wouldn't be here telling you this story........thank God, it did before the fire got close enough to do more than singe our hair.

    Anyway, I remember living through a number of these disasters, but never did my family and I have to evacuate. Maybe they just didn't do that in those days.......everyone stayed home and soaked their roofs and surrounding property with garden hoses, or like us, fought off the flames unassisted. I'm glad the authorities are more proactive now. I pray that everyone stays safe and that nobody loses a home, a family member, a pet, or property.

    Good luck, and God bless!!
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    I think Pomorado hospital and nursing home were evacuated. Isn't that near you?

    Hundreds of thousands had to evacuate their homes.

    I praise the county fire department. Friday when the Santa Ana winds were forecast they close canyon streets to all but residents, enforced "No Parking" in possible evacuation routes, and warned people to be ready to leave if a fire happened.

    That was before a fire started.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yes, that's just down the road from where I lived. (Strange, that's also the hospital where my mother died in 1989. She vastly preferred Palomar Hospital and would have fought tooth and nails to avoid Pomerado, but when she had the MI that resulted in her death, that's where she went.) I've been keeping up with events through my friends on the San Diego Chargers website I frequent, and I'm getting much better updates through them than from the actual news.

    prmenrs, are you doing OK??? Please let us know where and how you are!!
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    some of the later fires are suspected of being arson, because the amount of attention given yesterdays fires it may have reved up some copycats
    horrible to see peoples homes, businessess, lives go up in smoke
    the people in this area will have more financial resources than the people in the 9th ward nola but in many ways it is the same
    let the winds die down and the fires go out
  6. by   zuzi
    Poor people, let's pray for them.....I imagined all these people and children....very hard! May be a rain from somewhere....
  7. by   Multicollinearity
    These poor people.

    Here's the latest burn area map. It looks like Ramona is in the burn area. Perhaps we can hope ALL of it hasn't burned.

    http://media.signonsandiego.com/fires/
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Nov 29, '07 : Reason: added burn map
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    OMG, Multi, I didn't know you were an old Ramonan.......it is a small world, isn't it? Did you grow up there? When? Now I wonder if we ever met, or even if we were friends who lost contact.......

    I worry about the darndest things with this raging inferno and the evacuations. My parents and grandparents are buried at Nuevo Memory Gardens........I hope that hasn't burned. I think about all the places I used to hang out and wonder if they're still standing. I was married in Dos Picos Park.....so many memories, and I can't imagine those places not being there. I hope and pray the news today is better!!
  9. by   HM2VikingRN
    uff da......things can be replaced but people can't. Be safe everyone...
  10. by   ElvishDNP
    My thoughts are with SoCal. Where are you prmenrs??
  11. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from mjlrn97
    OMG, Multi, I didn't know you were an old Ramonan.......it is a small world, isn't it? Did you grow up there? When? Now I wonder if we ever met, or even if we were friends who lost contact.......

    I worry about the darndest things with this raging inferno and the evacuations. My parents and grandparents are buried at Nuevo Memory Gardens........I hope that hasn't burned. I think about all the places I used to hang out and wonder if they're still standing. I was married in Dos Picos Park.....so many memories, and I can't imagine those places not being there. I hope and pray the news today is better!!

    Ramona is such a quaint, precious little country town, isn't it? Also, I know what you mean about strange thoughts about what might be burning.
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Nov 29, '07
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    A friends home burned.
    I'm wondering if RNs will be deployed to staff hospitals where nurses had to evacuate.

    More evacuations and new fires
    High temperatures and fierce winds returned to Southern California this morning, complicating the efforts to control a string of wildfires that grew overnight, prompting new evacuations. San Diego County authorities estimated 1,000 homes had burned there, and blazes in the mountains east of Los Angeles

    Fires sprang up in San Diego and Los Angeles counties, and evacuations were ordered in Orange and San Diego counties. Weary firefighters fought to contain major blazes that have burned for days across seven counties, with containment days away at the soonest.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,2250066.story
  13. by   ElvishDNP
    So sorry to hear about your friend's home, spacenurse.
    What a horrible situation for everybody.
    CA, you are in my thoughts.
  14. by   DutchgirlRN
    My thoughts are with you all. Please be extra careful. I'll remember you all in my prayers...God Bless.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Oct 23, '07

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