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Post by Sakura on Fri 28 Aug 2009 - 21:44

Oh boy

My house is currently in the midst of the so cal fires going on now. Right now I'm about an hour away at school and my sis is sending me updates on the situation there. It does not look good, especially when she can see flames on the hill nearby. My family is currently getting stuff ready in case the mandatory evacuation issue is ordered.

I'm gonna drive home now and try help with the cause (at least bring an extra car to carry stuff). I am hoping the worse doesn't happen.

Please wish me and everyone else in the area luck and hope for the best.

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Post by Nachtsider on Fri 28 Aug 2009 - 21:47

Take care now, Sakura. I'm sending positive vibes to you and all your loved ones.

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Post by rusty-spring on Fri 28 Aug 2009 - 21:57

Good luck, be safe.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 28 Aug 2009 - 22:07

Take care. When I lived in the (San Fernando) Valley I remember the huge fires that used to rage to the north and such.

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Post by tsundere9kagami2 on Fri 28 Aug 2009 - 22:08

May all be well in your household and with your people.

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Post by Whatface on Fri 28 Aug 2009 - 22:09

Best of luck

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Post by Tommygunner70 on Fri 28 Aug 2009 - 23:13

Good luck Sakura-chan. ^_^

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Post by Toma-kun on Fri 28 Aug 2009 - 23:55

Don't get careless out there and come back in one piece, ya hear?

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Post by Cherubino on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 0:43

Oh man! Be careful!!!

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Re: Well this is getting close...

Post by Sakura on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 0:56

Thanks guys. I really appreciate them.

I'm currently back home now. I packed up whatever I thought was worth keeping, which strangely isn't very much. Makes me realize what is really of importance and what is junk.

Situation however is really scary here. As I was driving back about 20 min away I could see several mountains on fire. I had to calm myself down as I got closer. So far my family is calm and we are waiting it out. Will most likely be a long night.

Sis and I went across the street to the neighbors side and the entire hillside is on fire. It really looks like the apocalypse out here. I'm just hoping the fire stays over there and doesn't come closer to where we are. Currently there is no wind so that has been helping.

Please keep me in your thoughts. This battle is still going.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 0:57

Do you have access to water so you can try and keep your structure damp?

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Post by Sakura on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 1:00

Yes we do. If worst were to happen we'll all use the hoses around and soak down the house. One of my neighbors even has sprinklers on their roof. =P

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Post by Sakura on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 1:59

We got the call for mandatory evacuations. I'm honestly scared now, but I'm glad my family is with me and we are pulling through this. Hopefully this is only for a safety precaution.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 2:00

Hope everything is fine when you get back!

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Post by Danjo3 on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 3:43

My family experience a house fire several years ago and I know how devastating it can be. I wish you all the luck in the world Sakura

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Post by Triela-Chan on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 7:43

God luck Sakura! I hope everything will be okay with you, your family and your house!

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Post by Alfisti on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 9:14

Good luck Sakura, glad to hear you're out of there though. Property can be replaced, lives can't.
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Post by Nuke is Good on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 15:05

Good luck out there. As long as family is with you, you will be alright. At least my mom says that one.
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Post by Sakura on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 17:28

I think I just experienced the most scariest moment of my 27 years. I'm still shaking thinking about it.

We stayed at my aunt's place nearby for the night. Around noon, my dad (who left an hour before), went back to the house and said it was okay to come back so we did. The fire blazing in the hills had moved to the east so for the time being the closest danger seemed to be far for now.

Less than an hour later, I went outside with my dad to check out the area across the street of my neighbors. So far looked okay, but then we saw huge black smoke form and move in our direction. Planes were flying really close dropping fire retardant. My dad decided to go back inside to grab anything he took out of the car temporarily. I stayed outside to access the situation. The black smoke was getting larger and closer.

Then I saw flames in my neighbors backyard. I screamed for my family to get to the cars. During those 4-5 min of grabbing anything else we can think of, 3-4 more planes dropped fire retardant right over my neighbors houses

Sometimes during these moments, you think of being a hero and think you'll get out your water hoses and fight the fire from the roof. Everything/everyone that meant anything to me was with me and I just hoped we coud get out alive at that point. I refused to leave until I saw my dad getting into the car.

While driving down the street to escape, we passed by two firetrucks coming up the road. I yelled to them good luck.

Now I'm back at my aunt's house waiting it out. I hope this will end soon.

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Post by rusty-spring on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 17:51

Still wishing you the best, keep safe.

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Post by Awinnell on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 18:14

hope you , your family, and home stay safe,people are important, property has insurance !

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Post by tsundere9kagami2 on Sat 29 Aug 2009 - 18:39

You can try Putting it out from on top of your house But what about when the hose melts below or the water stops runnign because the firetrucks are using it all?

just be as safe as can be

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Post by Guest on Sun 30 Aug 2009 - 11:55

Good luck! Remember this:

During fires, NEVER jump into a pool (or a lake or whatever). Heat just right it'll boil you to death like crabs.

If worse comes to worse, get to a place that's already burned down to the ground. Fires never scorch the same area twice.

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Post by ElfenMagix on Sun 30 Aug 2009 - 12:13

You're in my list of shaking god down for favors, Sakura.
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Post by Sakura on Sun 30 Aug 2009 - 17:49

Thanks again guys. These last few days have been hectic.

A lot has happened in a short period of time. The fire yesterday was around 7,000 acres in the morning has expanded to 40,000+ acres now. The imminent danger near home has passed (for now) and I'm so grateful the firefighters have been doing a fantastic job keeping no homes burned in the area.

They let us go back home now and it's crazy how insanely close the fire got. The entire hillside behind my neighbors was burned. It got all the way up to the street in certain areas. The air is really smokey and there are constant helicopters taking care of the fires still in the distance. For now I'm gonna keep a look out in case flare ups were to happen.

Currently the fire is moving in directions towards other cities and won't be stopping anytime soon. I hope they'll be okay.

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Post by MadHatChemist on Sun 30 Aug 2009 - 19:17

I used to live in SoCal, and I remember fires getting way to close to both my parent's and my grandparent's houses. My sister's friend's house was only one of three houses in a large area to escape one of these firestorms (the fire burned the wood fencing on their porch, but not the roof it was supporting).

Having lived through many Southern California firestorms, I can say that the color in the sky and the smell in the air is quite beautiful...but only when your house is not the one in danger.

I'll also add that the only time school for me was shut down was because the firestorms got way too close.

Good to hear that the immediate danger has passed.
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Post by Sakura on Fri 4 Sep 2009 - 1:05

During fires, NEVER jump into a pool (or a lake or whatever). Heat just right it'll boil you to death like crabs.
And to think two people thought they could ride out the wildfire in a hot tub. They ended up with 2nd-3rd degree burns and a medical copter had to fly them out of the dangerous situation. NO Instead of boiling, I'd be more concern with the lack of oxygen when you come up for air. In the end, not the best thing to do.

Fire has moved away from most of the areas nearby (since it already burned up the fuel), but still affecting other parts and is over 140,000 acres. While I already knew, I'm still pissed to hear the fire was caused by arson.

There are better fire pictures on the news sites, but just for kicks I took a few pics of the hillside across the street.

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This was taken Aug 29th, after we were first allowed to come back. Note the hillside in the back has been burned and the hill the houses are (and where I'm taking this) isn't.


This was taken Aug 30th, about 24 hours after the previous one.


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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 4 Sep 2009 - 1:08

Glad to know things are well for you!

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Post by Alfisti on Fri 4 Sep 2009 - 9:23

...and so we remember that, while the views are great from the top of a hill, there are some risks involved.

Ugh, I'd really like to get into the heads of so called "firebugs"... seriously. Many of the Black Saturday bushfires we had were intentionally started as well.

Good to hear you are in one (un-cooked) piece.
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Post by tsundere9kagami2 on Fri 4 Sep 2009 - 13:23

It's really awesome that you aren't dead and that you still have a home!

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Post by Cherubino on Sun 6 Sep 2009 - 14:31

I'm so glad you, your family and your property is safe. I've never even really seen anything like in those pictures...

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