Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wildfire Update-Tuesday Evening

UPDATE: THE FIRE IS SPREADING IN ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH OF SAN DIEGO. MY PET HUMAN'S SISTER-IN-LAW, MY PET HUMAN'S NEPHEW, AND HER SISTER-IN-LAW'S HUSBAND ARE BEING EVACUATED. I AM SENDING MEGA-PURRS AND PRAYERS THEIR WAY!!!


Dear Friends,

As of this evening, the Santa Ana winds have died down, and the breeze is now flowing west to east, from off of the ocean.

This is good in some ways. The air is more humid and cooler. And the wind forces the fire back.

This is bad in some ways. The airstream shifts more rapidly and without any predictable direction. Firefighters cannot prepare. The fire goes in any direction.

What's amazing is that this fire would have been far more fatal if the emergency warning systems and backups had not been in place. I am very proud of my city, county, and state emergency personnel and the work they have accomplished.

The reverse 911 system worked brilliantly. Tens of thousands of residents were alerted quickly and efficiently when the fires threatened their homes and evacuation was imminent.

Qualcomm Stadium is working beautifully as an evacuation site.

So many people have come forward as volunteers and with donations, they are being turned away. San Diego has really stepped up to the plate in a major disaster.

Schwarzenegger is here. Bush is coming on Thursday, although I wonder why he waited so long.


My pet human is still worried about her mother. With a fire anything is possible, and it takes only a moment for the direction to shift.

Thanks to all of you sending prayers.

Here is a link to a CNN report regarding care for our domestic four legged friends during the fire.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/23/evac.animals/index.html

Please also send prayers for our wild four legged friends: deer, coyotes, pumas, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, amongst others.

And let's not forget our avian friends: sparrows, finches, owls, tanagers, hawks, (the Point Loma parrots are safe.)

What's really sad is that if our wild friends don't die in the fire, they are likely to die of starvation later, since all the vegetation and natural diet is gone.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

17 comments:

The Meezers said...

oh Skittles, add our purrs and purrayers in with yours. We is very werried about all of our furriends and their families.

Lux said...

This is terrible - I'm so sorry to hear about your relatives having to be evacuated.

With crossed paws,
Lux

Donny and Marie and Casey said...

We are purring hard, and mommy is purraying. She used to go to San Diego when our daddy lived there for a while, and a lot of the places they lived in and visited are all burned up in the fire. Mommy is very sad.

~Donny

Cheysuli said...

Ours purrs are with you and your relatives. I am glad that you are safe and that things are going as well as can be expected in such a disaster.

Thank you for keeping us all updated. Be safe.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We'z purring and purraying furry hard dat da firefighters can get deze fires unner control. And dat some back up comes fur dem so dey can get a break...All doze beans and aminals, it's so sad.

Forty Paws said...

Thank goodness there is now a federal law allowing evacuation of animals with their humans after the Katrina catastrophe.

We are sending healing thoughts and lots of purrayers to your area for all the 2 legged and four legged and winged creatures.

Luf, Us

The Cat Realm said...

We are sending lots of prayers and purrs! My maid's human friend and their pets in San Diego are safe and she says the shelters are taking in pets (not like Katrina!) and people are going around and capture homeless animals to keep them safe!
Let's hope those winds die down and keep down! We will probably have to organize a fund raiser to help feed the wildlife once the fires die down...

Tara said...

Skittles, we are purrin' and purrin'! We have friends down there too, and are really worried. We recently had friends up here in NorCal evacuate from fires in the Sierra too. Its been a bad year.

Paws crossed for all....

Tara and Kavan

jenianddean said...

Oh my goodness...we will be sending our purrs and prayers to every bean and furry out there.

-Jasper McKitten-Cat

Skeezy said...

Owr purrayers are with evrywun affekted by the fire, but espeshully da critters.

Christine and FAZ said...

We have been hearing about this every morning on the news. We are thinking of everyone and everything and hope the fires start to die down very soon. FAZ

Parker said...

Awful, just awful. Our prayers have been with everyone and every poor animal caught up in this terrible fire.

China Cat & Willow said...

We are purring for you and your family, and especially for the ones who had to evacuate.

Our grandparents are in Mission Viejo and aunt & uncle are in Simi Valley. Our grandparents called last night to tell us they are all OK.

We'll keep on purring and praying for all the people and the 4-legged ones and the winged ones out there.

Purrrrrs, China Cat & Willow

Mickey said...

Purrs to everyone in yer family Skittles!! I hope you remain safe too!

I am sorry for all the wild animals :(

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

I have question. Is wildfires part of natural habitat management like it is here in Florida, or is it something that happen because human mess up habitats?

Captain Jack and Dante said...

Sadly, Mommy always wonders why Bush waits so long when there is such disasters. Sigh. You are in purrs and prayers. Keep safe!

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Dear Diamond Emerald-Eyes,

You asked a loaded question.

Wildfires are a natural part of our area. In fact, many plants have seed pods that open and sprout only after a fire has burned over them.

At the same time, there are many questions as to humans messing things up. Fire management techniques, over population, and global warming are just some of the issues being hotly debated.

I think this time, it was a unique combination of drought and especially hot/dry santa ana winds.
The humidity on Monday was 6%.

Skittles, The Huntress

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wildfire Update-Tuesday Evening

UPDATE: THE FIRE IS SPREADING IN ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH OF SAN DIEGO. MY PET HUMAN'S SISTER-IN-LAW, MY PET HUMAN'S NEPHEW, AND HER SISTER-IN-LAW'S HUSBAND ARE BEING EVACUATED. I AM SENDING MEGA-PURRS AND PRAYERS THEIR WAY!!!


Dear Friends,

As of this evening, the Santa Ana winds have died down, and the breeze is now flowing west to east, from off of the ocean.

This is good in some ways. The air is more humid and cooler. And the wind forces the fire back.

This is bad in some ways. The airstream shifts more rapidly and without any predictable direction. Firefighters cannot prepare. The fire goes in any direction.

What's amazing is that this fire would have been far more fatal if the emergency warning systems and backups had not been in place. I am very proud of my city, county, and state emergency personnel and the work they have accomplished.

The reverse 911 system worked brilliantly. Tens of thousands of residents were alerted quickly and efficiently when the fires threatened their homes and evacuation was imminent.

Qualcomm Stadium is working beautifully as an evacuation site.

So many people have come forward as volunteers and with donations, they are being turned away. San Diego has really stepped up to the plate in a major disaster.

Schwarzenegger is here. Bush is coming on Thursday, although I wonder why he waited so long.


My pet human is still worried about her mother. With a fire anything is possible, and it takes only a moment for the direction to shift.

Thanks to all of you sending prayers.

Here is a link to a CNN report regarding care for our domestic four legged friends during the fire.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/23/evac.animals/index.html

Please also send prayers for our wild four legged friends: deer, coyotes, pumas, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, amongst others.

And let's not forget our avian friends: sparrows, finches, owls, tanagers, hawks, (the Point Loma parrots are safe.)

What's really sad is that if our wild friends don't die in the fire, they are likely to die of starvation later, since all the vegetation and natural diet is gone.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

17 comments:

The Meezers said...

oh Skittles, add our purrs and purrayers in with yours. We is very werried about all of our furriends and their families.

Lux said...

This is terrible - I'm so sorry to hear about your relatives having to be evacuated.

With crossed paws,
Lux

Donny and Marie and Casey said...

We are purring hard, and mommy is purraying. She used to go to San Diego when our daddy lived there for a while, and a lot of the places they lived in and visited are all burned up in the fire. Mommy is very sad.

~Donny

Cheysuli said...

Ours purrs are with you and your relatives. I am glad that you are safe and that things are going as well as can be expected in such a disaster.

Thank you for keeping us all updated. Be safe.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We'z purring and purraying furry hard dat da firefighters can get deze fires unner control. And dat some back up comes fur dem so dey can get a break...All doze beans and aminals, it's so sad.

Forty Paws said...

Thank goodness there is now a federal law allowing evacuation of animals with their humans after the Katrina catastrophe.

We are sending healing thoughts and lots of purrayers to your area for all the 2 legged and four legged and winged creatures.

Luf, Us

The Cat Realm said...

We are sending lots of prayers and purrs! My maid's human friend and their pets in San Diego are safe and she says the shelters are taking in pets (not like Katrina!) and people are going around and capture homeless animals to keep them safe!
Let's hope those winds die down and keep down! We will probably have to organize a fund raiser to help feed the wildlife once the fires die down...

Tara said...

Skittles, we are purrin' and purrin'! We have friends down there too, and are really worried. We recently had friends up here in NorCal evacuate from fires in the Sierra too. Its been a bad year.

Paws crossed for all....

Tara and Kavan

jenianddean said...

Oh my goodness...we will be sending our purrs and prayers to every bean and furry out there.

-Jasper McKitten-Cat

Skeezy said...

Owr purrayers are with evrywun affekted by the fire, but espeshully da critters.

Christine and FAZ said...

We have been hearing about this every morning on the news. We are thinking of everyone and everything and hope the fires start to die down very soon. FAZ

Parker said...

Awful, just awful. Our prayers have been with everyone and every poor animal caught up in this terrible fire.

China Cat & Willow said...

We are purring for you and your family, and especially for the ones who had to evacuate.

Our grandparents are in Mission Viejo and aunt & uncle are in Simi Valley. Our grandparents called last night to tell us they are all OK.

We'll keep on purring and praying for all the people and the 4-legged ones and the winged ones out there.

Purrrrrs, China Cat & Willow

Mickey said...

Purrs to everyone in yer family Skittles!! I hope you remain safe too!

I am sorry for all the wild animals :(

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

I have question. Is wildfires part of natural habitat management like it is here in Florida, or is it something that happen because human mess up habitats?

Captain Jack and Dante said...

Sadly, Mommy always wonders why Bush waits so long when there is such disasters. Sigh. You are in purrs and prayers. Keep safe!

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Dear Diamond Emerald-Eyes,

You asked a loaded question.

Wildfires are a natural part of our area. In fact, many plants have seed pods that open and sprout only after a fire has burned over them.

At the same time, there are many questions as to humans messing things up. Fire management techniques, over population, and global warming are just some of the issues being hotly debated.

I think this time, it was a unique combination of drought and especially hot/dry santa ana winds.
The humidity on Monday was 6%.

Skittles, The Huntress