Tuesday, July 08, 2008

California Fires

It has been about a month since the fire season started here in California. I'm fortunate to live in San Jose where all we've had to deal with has been the occasional holocaust sunset and a couple of weeks of really crappy air quality. Many others have not been so fortunate. Lost property, evacuations, and vanished pets have been thrust upon them by these fires. On the radio, I heard a story about home owners that refused to evacuate. They were informed by officials that they could not be forced to leave, but they must provide the names of their next of kin and dental records to identify their bodies later. I have been checking in regularly at CalFire for updates on the fires closest to us, burning in the Los Padres National Forest. Looking for a satellite image of the smoke from the fire, I found this blog, which chronicles the efforts of the men and women on the front lines of the war on California's fires. From the latest blog post, it sounds as though resources are stretched to the limit. Take a minute to look at this site and you'll get an idea of just how big of a job these firefighters are up against. Best of luck to you guys!

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