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    Unhappy 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.

    Praying:
    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.
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    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.
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    Amen to that Stan.....and please pray for the pilots, flying those dangerous missions. Be safe everyone!
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    Amen to that captstanm1.......Great prayer,right from the heart man!
    GOD BLESS ALL OUR BROTHERS IN CA

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    Indeed...stay safe!

    I don't think he's active here, but one of the regular posters on another group (Wheels) should be about in the middle of all this!

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    I spoke to a friend of mine who lives about 4 miles north of the Mexican border in southern San Diego, just uphill from Coors Ampitheatre. He has lived in S.D. for 20 years and has never seen anything like this. The air is dark and choking. He dosent think his home is in imminent danger but his wife is stuck in Phoenix with her 91 year old mother. He has friends taht have lost their homes. I was just out there 3 weeks ago. It hasnt rained in 173 days. The toll in lives has already been terrible. Lets pray that it dosent get worse.

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    Stan that was really awesome. AMEN BROTHER.
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    Our strike team will be leaving here shortly for So. Cal.
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    Stay safe out there Bou!

    I have a really good friend that left Pittsburgh tonight with 3 of his men for Simi Valley. Their plane gets in at 630pm Pacific time and they'll be on the firelines by 930pm. I too will pray for everyone's safety, Mickey's most of all.

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    Bret,
    If you want to send me one I would greatly appreciate it. My email is BNSFGP38@aol.com. If ya want we also can work out a trade or something up to you.

    Thanks& be safe.
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    Amen.... Stay safe down there Noache!!! Let's all get together and do a rain dance. This thing needs to come to an end today!

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    Amen to that Stan.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the firefighters that they all return home safe. Bou-take care down there and stay safe.

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    In a breaking news story Fox News just reported that one Firefighter was killed and two injured/burned when they were overrun by one of the San Diego Fires.

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    Amen to CaptStan. God Bless all the FFs and EMS personel fighting or assisting with the battle of the stubborn wildfires. May the Lord watch over us all. Let's pray that these fires to come to an end really soon.

    God Bless and Stay Safe my Brothers and Sisters.
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    Angry 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*!
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    Morning news says the total buildings destroyed are now up to 2600 with no additional deaths after the firefighters reported. Acreage increased to over 750,000 overnight.

    God help our brothers and sisters....Please
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    Post From California OES

    10/30 morning update:

    From: OES Warning Center

    Event Wide Summary: Active Fires 8, Acres Burned 659,164, Confirmed
    Fatalities 18, Injuries 109, Homes Destroyed 2,432, Open Shelters 23,
    Evacuees 95,600, Customers Without Power 58,369.

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    Just heard the weather here in CA. Looks like were in for rain, in the area's affected by the fires and along the central coast. I hope it is a good soaking.

    God Bless, Take Care, and Stay Safe everyone.
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    Ditto.

    Brubaker, I also saw that rain is expected. Please God, let it pour. Help out the thousands of firefighters who are battling these fires. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who have fallen and been injured.

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    Thank you for the kind words and thoughts Cheffie, I'm sure our Brothers and Sisters fighting the California wildfires appreciate them.
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    Threads here often ask discusss brotherhood and dedication. I think this story from the LA Times says a great deal about what that means. I'm sure this is happening in many other places.

    Please God, take care of everyone out there.

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    Volunteer Firefighters Focus on Task as Their Own Homes Burn

    While saving neighbors' houses in fierce Cedar fire in San Diego County, about a third of Julian district's crew lose their residences.

    By Stuart Pfeifer and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers

    CUYAMACA, Calif. The mood inside the small firehouse here bespoke stoicism and a matter-of-fact sense of duty. There was much to do in the aftermath of a one-sided battle.

    The eight volunteer firefighters had already been defeated by the overwhelming force of eastern San Diego County's Cedar fire. Rearing to 300 and 400 feet in the air, its flames had rolled through their position Tuesday like a well-commanded army.

    About 300 homes within a few miles had fallen to the flames. But the men, by dint of frantic last-minute brush clearing and forays into the just-burned landscape to hose standing structures, had managed to save two dozen of their neighbors' houses.

    While they worked, however, all eight of their own homes were burning to the ground.

    At the same time, a few miles northwest, near Julian, at least six other firefighters lost their homes to wildfire while battling flames elsewhere. In all, at least 14 of the 40 volunteers of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District lost their homes.

    "It's hard to define heroism, but that's certainly the case here," said Hugh Marx, supervising ranger for the Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park District, who visited the Cuyamaca firehouse Wednesday. "They put their neighbors' good above their own good."

    As the sun rose Tuesday, the volunteers could see smoke and an eerie orange glow advancing from the southeast.

    By midafternoon, the fire was unleashing its full fury on the town. The firemen retreated to the station.

    They burned brush between the building and nearby Cuyamaca Reservoir, hoping the scorched land and the asphalt parking lot would keep the invading wildfire away. The men stood on the ground they had burned and waited.

    "We knew if it got really bad, we could go jump in the lake," said Chris Wilburn, a three-year veteran.

    After the fire passed, the men went into town to douse any signs of fire on or near the relatively few houses that were still standing. A combat mentality prevailed; the men placed loyalty to comrades and dedication to the mission above personal considerations.

    "You can't leave the people you're working with," said Bob Garner, a 24-year veteran of the volunteer group. "You can't let them down. They're thinking the same thing you are."

    It wasn't until Wednesday that the eight took stock of their own losses.

    Garner, a 49-year-old welder, took a fatalistic view of the loss of his small stucco house in nearby Harrison Park, which like most neighborhoods in the Cuyamaca Mountains is thick with tall oak and pine trees.

    "With this rich fuel, there's nothing you can do," he said. "The fire was so intense it would pick up trees and drop them miles away in front of the fire. The only thing that could have saved it is if the wind changed directions."

    George Hatton, a 53-year-old veteran of 12 years in the department, gave "not a thought in the world to my own property" while he battled to save others' homes. "We have a job to do. It's more than that. It's doing the right thing."

    Hatton finally saw his own Harrison Park house Wednesday. "The house and everything is completely leveled," he said. "Zero. It's just ashes."

    By Wednesday night, the firehouse the men had saved was the only place left for them to bed down.

    As darkness fell in nearby Julian, a tense vigil endured in the quaint former mining town locally famous for its bed-and-breakfast inns. Residents having long since been evacuated, Main Street was lined with firetrucks. Firefighters from such places as Montebello, Sacramento and Compton waited for the great fire, which threatened to catch Julian in giant pincers from the southeast and northwest.

    Bill Everett, a volunteer in the department's Julian division, learned that his home in Kentwood in the Pines, to the southeast, was gone. It had been a spacious modern cabin in the highest part of that community. When the weather was clear, it had a view that extended 160 miles.

    Everett, a large, burly man wearing a red bandanna around his head, had been working on the fire since the first alarm at 6 p.m. Sunday. He had logged 60 straight hours none in the vicinity of his own house.

    "They intentionally keep firefighters away from our own homes," he said, "because we would freak out."

    Julian firefighter Nick Rogers, 27, lost his home in Kentwood in the Pines while he was fighting flames in Pine Hills to the southwest. What troubles him most is that he might have lost the combat medals his grandfather earned as a British paratrooper during World War II.

    "I'm going to go back and dig for them," he said. "I haven't had a chance yet. I've been too busy. I don't think it's hit me yet. I think it will feel more close to home when I go back and start digging through the rubble."

    Full focus on the task at hand, said Hatton, is part of their ethic.

    "It's in our blood. You either got it or you don't," he said. "I'm a fireman. That's the way it is with volunteer departments all over the world."

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    Originally posted by EFD840
    [B]Threads here often ask discusss brotherhood and dedication. I think this story from the LA Times says a great deal about what that means. I'm sure this is happening in many other places.

    Please God, take care of everyone out there.
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    Volunteer Firefighters Focus on Task as Their Own Homes Burn
    We saw the same thing with the BC Fires this summer. It is unbelievable to see these firefighters hardly sparing a thought for their own losses while desperately trying to save everyone else's home.

    I pray for the safety of all the firefighters, any my thoughts are with those communities suffering such horrible losses.
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    Post 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
    San Bernardino.
    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
    said.
    "It's a low fire," Brierty said. "It's kind of skunking
    around. As long as the current wind pattern holds, it will reduce
    the danger."
    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
    their homes.
    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
    four counties.
    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
    firefighter.
    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
    to follow.
    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
    billion.
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    Unhappy Upadte-10/30/03

    On Thursday, 20 confirmed deaths had been blamed on Southern
    California's wildfires.
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    CEDAR FIRE (San Diego County):
    -Galen Blacklidge, 50, Lakeside. Died Sunday while trying to
    escape in her vehicle.
    -Mary Peace, 54, died Sunday in the area of the Barona Indian
    Reservation.
    -Two people died Sunday in the area of the Barona Indian
    Reservation; identified in published reports as Robin Sloan and her
    daughter, Jennifer Sloan, 17.
    -One man found dead Sunday in a motorhome on Muth Valley Road
    near Moreno; identified by family members as Stephen Shacklett, 55.
    -Larry Edward Downs, 50, died Sunday while trying to escape
    flames on Wildcat Canyon Road.
    -Solange Shohara, 58, died Sunday while trying to escape on Lake
    Vicente Drive near Moreno.
    -Two other people found dead on Lake Vicente Drive near Moreno;
    identified by neighbors and in published reports as Solange
    Shohara's husband, James Shohara, 63, and son Randy Shohara, 22.
    -One woman found dead Sunday on Wildcat Canyon Road near Moreno.
    -One man found dead Monday on Wildcat Canyon Road near Moreno.
    -One woman found dead Monday on Wildcat Canyon Road near Moreno.
    -One person found dead Wednesday in a home on Vista Viejas Road
    in Alpine.
    -Steven Rucker, 38, a Novato firefighter who was killed
    Wednesday while trying to save a home near Wynola.
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    PARADISE FIRE (San Diego County):
    -Nancy Morphew, 51, Valley Center, horse rancher. Killed Sunday
    as she attempted to drive away from her home on Yellow Brick Road.
    -Ashleigh Roach, 16, Valley Center, student. Killed Sunday when
    her car was trapped in flames near Hell Hole Canyon.
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    OLD FIRE (San Bernardino County):
    James W. McDermith, 70, San Bernardino. Died Saturday when he
    collapsed as he was evacuating his home.
    Charles Cunningham, 93, San Bernardino. Died Saturday when he
    collapsed as he stood in the street watching his home burn.
    Chad Williams, 70, of Crestline. Died Saturday of a heart attack
    while evacuating.
    Gene Knowles, 75, of Big Bear. Died Sunday of a heart attack
    while evacuating.
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    Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department; San Diego County
    Medical Examiner's Office: San Bernardino County Coroner.
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