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Re: So Cal's annual fire event

So far all I have heard is that some fires were started by downed power lines and at least a couple they think are arson. One unusual thing in these fires is the number of fires that have been started by embers carried forward in the wind. I think this whole episode started out with large fires in maybe 3 areas -- then embers started many more of them and today they were counting 16 or 17.
--Barb, Grass Valley CA
----- Original Message ----- From: "Cathy Carpenter" <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 5:53 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] So Cal's annual fire event

Have been watching everything on the news, and feel for all the
evacuees. Have yet to hear the actual, immediate cause of these
fires. lightening strikes, insufficiently extinguished campfires,
deliberate arson, etc. It is a given that southern California was a
tinderbox waiting to happen, but something struck the spark... and
all I have heard is Santa Ana winds, drought, and global warming.
Contributing factors, yes, but where is that spark?

Cathy, west central IL, z5b
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Andrea Hodges
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 4:23 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] So Cal's annual fire event

Your trip sounds like a nightmare. Hope you all are OK-I've been
the news some it's just terrible-Then heard something about it
being related to Global Warming, etc and that Georgia and SC are in
of fires as well because of the drought. Hopefully we will escape
California's fate. I feel so sorry for all those people. I saw one of
refugee centers and of course one of my first thoughts was "where are
the pets?" which then freaked me out. I know I should be more
the people, and I AM concerned about the people, but being the animal
that I am, I always worry about them as well.
Keep us posted and stay safe!

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