Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wildfire Recovery Update

Dear Friends,

Instead of Yoga Tuesday, I am publishing another Wildfire Recovery Update. Yoga may resume in a week or two.

Life for most of us in San Diego has returned to semi-normal. Yet, the impact of the fires is far reaching. My pet human started her new job just after the fires, and discovered one of her new co-workers lost her home in the fire. This last Saturday, the humans at her workplace held a bake sale to raise funds for a Thanksgiving Day basket for her.

The latest news on the causes of the fires is this: the California Department of Fire (yes, we have so many wildfires here, we have a state agency to deal with them) said officially, downed power lines were the cause of two of the worst fires, the Witch Creek Fire, and the Harris Fire.

So now attorneys will duke it out and try to separate San Diego Gas and Electric from a large sum of money in their deep pockets. Yet really, we will all pay ultimately in higher rates.

Here are some photos from the aftermath:

Residents in Escondido returned home to a destroyed mobile home park
This couple in Rancho Bernardo saved their own lives by staying submerged in their own swimming pool for over three hours until the fire had passed over them.
Horses can suffer from stress too. These horses were evacuated twice during the fires. The handlers had difficulties loading them into trailers.
What does a burned avocado look like?
The avocado agricultural business is very big in San Diego. Many farmers have lost their entire groves. This fire was different from others. Many grove owners in the past would turn on the irrigation system if a fire went through. This kept the fires low and to the ground. The crops and trees would be saved. This fire just obliterated the groves as seen below.
Qualcomm Stadium acted beautifully as an evacuation site. For the first San Diego Chargers game played there after the fires, tribute was payed to the victims.
And this Catholic church burned down, yet the following Sunday, Mass was held and Blessings and Communion shared.
Many thanks to all of you who have expressed an interest in being kept up to date on the recovery. The outpouring of love has been phenomenal!

Luv,

Skittles, The Huntress

6 comments:

Daisy said...

Those photos really tell the personal story of the wildfire. How amazing that the couple survived the fire in their pool! It seems as though the effects of the fire will be felt for a long time.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

The power company is suppose to maintane there lines, but they need the public to tell them when there is a problem sometimes. Mom just called them about the naybors tree whacking the power lines. When they came out the naybor said to cut the whole tree down. It's one dat a skwerrel or some other aminal planted it an odd place. So now mom doesn't worry that the line will get knocked down and start the naybors garage on fire.

Eric and Flynn said...

Fanks furr the update.Those peepull were so lucky who hid in their pool.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

We have really bad fire couple years ago in Lehigh that was started by two tailgrabbers, one 10 and one 12 who thought it would be "cool" to start a fire. They also have 13 year accomplis. Maybe people and pets loose homes and those fires set by tailgrabbers trying to be "cool" Very sad.

Parker said...

Hi Skittles, I am being reminded a great deal today of all the things I have to be thankful for. Those photos are another remonder. Thank-you for the update.

Mickey said...

Thank you for the update.All too often after the event is over ,we never hear any more about it. I live on the east coast of Canada, so I do not know how people are doing. I will send then purrs especially your Mom's co worker!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wildfire Recovery Update

Dear Friends,

Instead of Yoga Tuesday, I am publishing another Wildfire Recovery Update. Yoga may resume in a week or two.

Life for most of us in San Diego has returned to semi-normal. Yet, the impact of the fires is far reaching. My pet human started her new job just after the fires, and discovered one of her new co-workers lost her home in the fire. This last Saturday, the humans at her workplace held a bake sale to raise funds for a Thanksgiving Day basket for her.

The latest news on the causes of the fires is this: the California Department of Fire (yes, we have so many wildfires here, we have a state agency to deal with them) said officially, downed power lines were the cause of two of the worst fires, the Witch Creek Fire, and the Harris Fire.

So now attorneys will duke it out and try to separate San Diego Gas and Electric from a large sum of money in their deep pockets. Yet really, we will all pay ultimately in higher rates.

Here are some photos from the aftermath:

Residents in Escondido returned home to a destroyed mobile home park
This couple in Rancho Bernardo saved their own lives by staying submerged in their own swimming pool for over three hours until the fire had passed over them.
Horses can suffer from stress too. These horses were evacuated twice during the fires. The handlers had difficulties loading them into trailers.
What does a burned avocado look like?
The avocado agricultural business is very big in San Diego. Many farmers have lost their entire groves. This fire was different from others. Many grove owners in the past would turn on the irrigation system if a fire went through. This kept the fires low and to the ground. The crops and trees would be saved. This fire just obliterated the groves as seen below.
Qualcomm Stadium acted beautifully as an evacuation site. For the first San Diego Chargers game played there after the fires, tribute was payed to the victims.
And this Catholic church burned down, yet the following Sunday, Mass was held and Blessings and Communion shared.
Many thanks to all of you who have expressed an interest in being kept up to date on the recovery. The outpouring of love has been phenomenal!

Luv,

Skittles, The Huntress

6 comments:

Daisy said...

Those photos really tell the personal story of the wildfire. How amazing that the couple survived the fire in their pool! It seems as though the effects of the fire will be felt for a long time.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

The power company is suppose to maintane there lines, but they need the public to tell them when there is a problem sometimes. Mom just called them about the naybors tree whacking the power lines. When they came out the naybor said to cut the whole tree down. It's one dat a skwerrel or some other aminal planted it an odd place. So now mom doesn't worry that the line will get knocked down and start the naybors garage on fire.

Eric and Flynn said...

Fanks furr the update.Those peepull were so lucky who hid in their pool.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

We have really bad fire couple years ago in Lehigh that was started by two tailgrabbers, one 10 and one 12 who thought it would be "cool" to start a fire. They also have 13 year accomplis. Maybe people and pets loose homes and those fires set by tailgrabbers trying to be "cool" Very sad.

Parker said...

Hi Skittles, I am being reminded a great deal today of all the things I have to be thankful for. Those photos are another remonder. Thank-you for the update.

Mickey said...

Thank you for the update.All too often after the event is over ,we never hear any more about it. I live on the east coast of Canada, so I do not know how people are doing. I will send then purrs especially your Mom's co worker!!