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Topic: California Wildfires (5 msgs / 91 lines)
1) From: Zara Haimo
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Tom and Maria plus the rest of us in Northern CA are far from the fires. =
 The nearest major ones are 300+ miles to the south in the LA area and =
the worst fires are another 100 miles south near San Diego.  We've had a =
fair amount of rain already this fall in the San Francisco area and as =
long as this winter rainy season is a good one, we should be ok until =
next summer's dry season.  
Some wits say that CA has 2 seasons, the fire season (when everything =
that grew in the winter rains dries up and burns during the summer =
drought) and the mud slide season (when the hillsides denuded of =
vegetation by the summer fires turn to mud and slide in the winter =
rains).

2) From: Lynne
Whew -
Tom and Maria plus the rest of us in Northern CA are far from the fires.
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I lived in Tucson for awhile, and still remember the two springs when I
actually watched Mt. Lemmon burn. The second time it lasted almost a whole
month - although it wasn'tas close as it seemed (we could see the flames at
night), it terrified me.
The nearest major ones are 300+ miles to the south in the LA area and the
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Yeah, and they say it never rains in California (sorry, had to say it..)
Some wits say that CA has 2 seasons, the fire season (when everything that
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3) From: Lynne
Is there any way we can find out if any of members of our group live in the
areas hit by the
fires? Obviously, they aren't going to be able to log onto the group...
prayers are good, necessary, but I'd like to know that they are O.K.
This seems to be the worst CA has ever had... frightening... (and I feel
helpless here - just like when Katrina hit...)
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4) From: Frank Parth
Hi, all.
We're just a few miles west of the Santiago Canyon fire. We're getting covered in ashes, but fortunately no embers are 
blowing in our direction. I have a few friends that have had to evacuate and are still waiting to see if theirhouses 
are gone.
Wood shingles were banned by the building codes a long time ago in many of the populated areas, and embers blowing on 
wood roofs are what cause a lot of the house fires. Of course, if the fire is roaring towards you, it won't matter 
whattype of roof you have.
One side effect of the hillside fires is that AT&T, Verison, t-Mobile, and others put their mobile phone antennas on 
hilltops. Trying to use the cell phone is difficult because a lot of the antennas have burned down. They're putting up 
temporary, portable antennas wherever they can.
One thing that hasn't been reported widely is that 20% of California's avocado groves were burned when one of the San 
Diego-area fires (I think it was the Witch fire) went through the Fallbrook area. Guacamole is going to be expensive 
for the Super Bowl (sorry, trying to put some humor on this).
Frank Parth
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5) From: Lynne
Frank -
Man, talk about feeling helpless - sending out my prayers - so glad that you
are all right.
Thanks for sharing with us, Frank, and please keep us updated.
One thing that hasn't been reported widely is that 20% of California's
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Glad to see you have a sense of humor through all of it (actually, during my
worst panic modes in times of extreme stress, (i.e. when I was in a car
accident) - I tend to crack jokes.
What a job description - improve performer during a natural disaster...
sigh... I really wish I could do something to help - know that we are with
you in spirit...
Lynne
On 10/24/07, Frank Parth  wrote:
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