California Wildfires..Please Watch Over our Brothers and Sisters
I just wanted to start this thread so that we can take a moment and offer some concern, prayers and hope for our brothers and sisters on the fireline out there.
My god watch over them and keep them all safe. With the devastation that has already occurred, we can be thankful that so far all of them are safe. Their struggle is a rough one as they battle what has already been termed as the most expensive and destructive fire in the history of California. Governor Arnold was on CNN this AM expressing his concern, praise and support for the firefighters. One spokesman said that the only way to combat it may be to let the Pacific Ocean put it out. As I type this I see on the news that the Santa Anna Winds that had subsided were promised to return today. I saw that the National Guard had been called in and my Captain who is on a Federal Red Team has been waiting for a call.
We can only ask that as all our brothers and sisters converge on this monstor to battle it to the end, that you [God](the Big Fire Chief) watches over them and keeps them safe so they can return home to their families. Please do not take any more of our brothers from us. The Nation's Firefighters have suffered enough over the past 3 years. Watch over our brothers and sisters and give them guidance, hope and protection as they risk their lives to protect others property despite the potential consequences. Give them strength to move on and get control over this monstor.
I have a friend who is a Captain in Riverside Ca and they contract with CADOF during these events. I have not heard from him in days.
Now our prayers are needed even more!
Fire Claims a Brother
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of our fallen brothers/sisters and to the members of their department or agency. May God take care of them and help to guide them in this tragic even in thier lives. My he give the ones still on the line strength to carry on and win the battle over the beast in the name of our fallen brothers/sisters. May we win this battle with not one more loss of life, be it civilian or fire service. God watch over the two injured and help them pull through. Please watch over all our brothers and sisters who are out there in this living H*L*!
Weather gives some relief
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Fog and drizzle Thursday came to
the rescue of firefighters laboring to save resort towns in
Southern California from the raging wildfires that have killed at
least 20 people.
"It is helping, but it is a long way from putting any fires
out," said Ray Snodgrass, chief deputy director of the California
Forestry Department. "It's the respite we were hoping for."
The weather helped firefighters make progress on the two fires
that accounted for about 90 percent of the more than 2,600 homes
lost, and all but two of the deaths: one in the mountains northeast
of San Diego, the other in mountain and foothill areas in and near
The weather change also brought gusting winds, but they were
pushing the latter fire, covering nearly 50,000 acres, away from
populated areas, San Bernardino County Fire Marshal Peter Brierty
"It's a low fire," Brierty said. "It's kind of skunking
around. As long as the current wind pattern holds, it will reduce
In San Diego County, moist air helped firefighters battling the
largest fire in state history, a 272,000-acre blaze near the
historic mining town of Julian. Wind gusting to 40 mph remained a
concern, even as firefighters began shifting their focus to hot
spots in outlying areas.
The fire "is finally showing some sign of winding down," San
Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender said. Authorities hoped they
could soon begin allowing more residents to return to check on
Devastating fires have burned for more than a week throughout
Southern California, destroying more than 2,600 homes and
blackening about 730,000 acres. Seven fires were still burning in
A blaze of more than 100,000 acres on the line between Ventura
and Los Angeles counties was winding down, with cooler weather and
high humidity helping firefighters knock down flames that had come
within a few feet of homes.
On Wednesday, wind-driven flames burned about 350 homes in Cedar
Glen in the San Bernardino Mountains. But John Lucas was able to
save three houses on his property, including one where his wife and
her brothers were born.
Lucas, 38, said he built a $60,000 fire system, consisting of
two 5,500-gallon water tanks and a network of hoses, that kept the
buildings and the grounds wet.
"It wasn't luck. My family and I expended a lot of preparation
just for this scenario," said the former federal Forest Service
Others homes left relatively unscathed Thursday were in Sunset
Pointe and Stevenson Ranch outside Santa Clarita, despite flames
coming within feet of new $400,000 dwellings.
"I'm feeling numb. I'm feeling like I dreamed this," said
Marina Deeb, wearing a face mask as she talked with friends in her
driveway. "I'm just very thankful to have my home, my husband and
my children safe."
Homeowners in Big Bear and other evacuated areas faced another
concern Thursday - looting. Sheriff's deputies arrested four
people, two of them in the act, said Sgt. Brooke Wagner of the San
Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
Kim Robinson, 46, who lives near San Bernardino, said she saw
strangers at some of the evacuated homes. "Homeless people came
and tried to make homes in some of the empty places," she said.
"I guess they thought they'd stay."
In San Diego County, where the state's largest fire killed a
firefighter on Wednesday, many of his comrades wore black bands on
their badges. Steve Rucker, 38, died while battling a blaze that
has burned more than 270,000 acres and some 1,500 homes. He was the
first firefighter to die in this outbreak of fires.
"We have a somber mood and we need to be somber, but it's time
to move ahead," incident commander John Hawkins told the
firefighters. "Get your chin up and move out."
In Escondido, hundreds of mourners gathered for a memorial
service for Ashleigh Roach, a 16-year-old who died Sunday while
trying to escape from flames that destroyed her family's home. Her
20-year-old sister, Allyson, was severely burned and remained
hospitalized in critical condition.
Nearly 13,000 firefighters and support personnel were fighting
what Gov. Gray Davis said may be the worst and costliest disaster
California has ever faced.
The state was getting firefighting help from British Columbia.
The western Canadian province's Forests Ministry said it could have
two air tankers in the state within 24 hours, with eight more
tankers, 65 fire pumps and nearly 200 firefighters and specialists
The state is spending an estimated $9 million a day fighting the
wildfires. The total cost of fighting the blazes could reach $200
million, and the toll on the California economy has been put at $2
Associated Press Writers Pauline Arrillaga, Martha Mendoza, Ken
Ritter and Andrew Bridges contributed to this story.