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RE: So Cal's annual fire event

Right now I don't know of anything real close to the Montecito area.
There is a pretty good website for tracking California fires:
http://www.fire.ca.gov/index.php although access is spotty right now, no
doubt everyone in the state is trying to see what's going on. The LA
Times website seems pretty current too.
Keepin' my fingers crossed for no new events...my co-workers are all
telling me about the wind here over the weekend, guess there is a bit of
damage out there.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Patricia
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 9:06 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] So Cal's annual fire event

I am so glad that you are all ok but how terrible.
My sister that lives in Montecito is gone to Africa.... I wonder how
this all is to her house?
Today we are COLD... high of 50 with high winds and chance of more rain.
far we have only gotten 3/10 of an inch.  I would have sworn it was more

than that... it sounded terrible several times last night, but that is
2 of my rain gauges say.
Take care on those fires and be careful.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 10:50 AM
Subject: [CHAT] So Cal's annual fire event

> Well, we're on fire again. There are about a dozen burning right now
> around southern CA, but thankfully none right where I am.
> We went up to the mountains on Saturday to help close down the camp
> where we have been volunteering. Beautiful weather and beautiful
> scenery. We brought Trixie the rottweiler with us, I'm hoping to get
> used to going so we can save some money on kennel fees, lots of folks
> bring their dogs to camp. However I have not been very good at
> Trixie manners, and she is a very high-energy dog, but really it went
> pretty well.
> Sunday as we finished up all the chores we started to hear stories
> down the mountain. One volunteer learned she'd lost her roof to the
> winds. Husband and I were pretty apprehensive since we were driving
> camper and pulling a horse trailer as well.  We all headed out but
> we got to the freeway the wind had to have been 60 mph, the camper was
> almost tipping and the trailer swaying. We drove very slowly. Then it
> all came to a dead halt, miles of taillights and nothing moving, and
> ahead we saw a lot of smoke. We managed to get off and find a parking
> lot with shade for the horse trailer (thank you IHOP). After about an
> hour the traffic did start crawling, the on-ramps opened, and we heard
> if we took side streets for a little ways we could get around the jam,
> which turned out to be an 18-wheeler on its side. That didn't fill us
> with confidence as the wind was even worse, but we continued to see
> semis and motor homes all around us so we kept going. Then we passed
> second jam, which was a fire that had burned right across the freeway
> and was roaring on the other side! But traffic went on and so did we.
> Took forever but we finally got home.
> Ten minutes after we collapsed inside the phone rang, my mother-in-law
> was hysterical. Turns out both sisters-in-law were under evacuation
> orders because of another huge fire.  We ended up hosting one sister,
> her son, and four cats for the night. But their house is fine this
> morning, the fire passed to the west and hopefully we'll not have any
> new ones today.
> All in all, yesterday was eventful, I'd rather not do that again. It's
> just terrible out there though, it's so dry - I am going through
> of hand lotion - and it's still very windy today.
> Oh yes, obligatory gardening content - we planted some daffodils at
> forest camp next to the kitchen. I would have done native iris but my
> sister likes the daffodils and it's not like the camp itself isn't
> foreign. Although maybe I will look for some iris for next year.
> Cyndi
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