Quote of the Day - We can take all the help we can get. Arson is an incredibly hard thing to pursue. That is, we need everybody's help.
The Santiago Canyon fire has passed by our home leaving it intact. Others are not so fortunate, however, and have lost homes as the fire makes its relentless march South, apparently wanting to meet up with the fires in San Diego County, which have forced the evacuation of apparently half a million people.
The information on the fire says its 30% contained and gone from near my home. The smoke, however, is not. It still fills my home and the ash from the burned fuel still drifts over everything. The hills behind our home are no longer brown. They're simply white. Ash white. Most troubling, though, is a report from the local fire department that the fire was caused by an arsonist.
Apart from that frustration, I've listened to complaints about the lack of information about the fires. The people complaining must not know how to search the Internet. Here are a number of very reliable government sites:
The Federal government's Incident Information System, abbreviated InciWeb.
KPBS's Google map of San Diego fires.
Google map of Southern California fires.
Ranger Al's site, Fireupdate.com covering Inland Empire fires.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department's weblog, LAFD News & Information.
I'm sure there are a lot of other good resources out there, so if anyone has more, send me an email and I'll add them to this list. These are just the ones I turn to for specific information about these geographic areas.
As regular readers know, we also have a small cabin in Running Springs, California that survived the Old Fire in 2003. Running Springs is under attack from the Slide Fire and this time several of our ski school friends, including Bev and Kerry Brown, have stayed behind, as well as some other friends in town, including Mike and Brandon Hoag. We've kept in touch with them by email and telephone throughout the day.
Our cabin on Live Oak Drive is apparently still standing, but homes above and below us have been destroyed, according to our friends and other news reports. We're proud of our firefighters who put their lives on the line to protect us, but perhaps no prouder than one of our own, Sam Friedman, the lead firefighter in the picture below, taken in September as Sam fought the Julian Fire in San Diego. He's our own Joe and MariBeth McFaul's son.