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Philkon  (Level: 266.1 - Posts: 474)
Thu, 25th Oct '07 9:20 AM


Things are starting to improve here in San Diego County. A few communities are starting to reopen to evacuees. There have been a total of 500,000 people evacuated. Qualcomm (San Diego Chargers) stadium only has about 500 people left +/-.

We still have three major fires burning. They are mostly in rural areas with only a limited number of residences being still threatened.

There has only been one death directly related to the fires. I think about 3 or 4 very elderly (90 years ols +/-) people died while they were being taken from one threatened hospital to another. They were reported to have been under intensive care at the time they were moved.

I am OK as is my home. I was about 5 miles from the closest fire. I've been working 12 hour shifts at my TV station. We are doing streaming video on our website:

Phil Konstantin (Sploofus name: philkon)
San Diego
"San Diflameo"

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.9 - Posts: 6036)
Thu, 25th Oct '07 9:31 AM

This has been a terrible thing for the people in California! Thank you for the update and the link!


Salzypat  (Level: 154.4 - Posts: 5295)
Thu, 25th Oct '07 10:37 AM

Hope some relief is in sight for you all. I just can't imagine the details in dealing with 500,000 evacuees. Good luck.

Thu, 25th Oct '07 11:14 AM

I can't seem to find the link to view any "live" streaming video from the link you provided... but I am feeling dense today. What am I missing?

Geophile  (Level: 157.0 - Posts: 1508)
Thu, 25th Oct '07 5:04 PM

And many thanks to Phil and his station, KUSI, for keeping the community up to date on evaluations, road closures, etc. KUSI conducted an interview with Duncan Hunter, presidential Republican candidate. When he was asked pointedly why the military wasn't brought in earlier in the firefight, with special helicopters that can fly in just about anything, he said, "well, I don't know." Thanks to Michael Turko for drilling Hunter!

It would seem that the contracts for the civilian pilots are doled out by Ca Fire and they put ridiculous restrictions on the military so they couldn't get off the ground, one being that a "spotter" from CA Fire had to be on every military copter. When the military asked for "spotters" they were told they couldn't spare any personnel. The military has infrared capability - they could have flown at night, something the state doesn't. The military helicopters got off only when a general got so mad, called it a training exercise and sent them off.

It is unfortunate to have blame games after every catastrophe. The people of San Diego have been led to believe that the military and civilian personnel were joining forces to protect San Diegans. From day 1 of the fire, every newscaster was predicting the immediate arrival of the military AS PROMISED, and nothing happened until almost the end.

Many good lessons were learned from the Cedar Fire four years ago. However, one of the promises was using the military to help in a firestorm of this magnitude. It looks like the old buddy system of CA Fire beat out the military. Congratulations to them!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 25th Oct '07 5:34 PM

yes....I heard that they were routinely WORKING 16 hour shifts, some working DAYS without sleep....and that volunteers were coming from ALL over the States to help.
One "older" firefighter said "I had to come 3000 miles, to get a job!!!!" LOVE
their courage and humour!!!!

Windbreaker1  (Level: 51.6 - Posts: 5)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 3:00 PM

My wife is from Escondido. We see Rancho Bernardo was hit hard. How is Escondido?

Geophile  (Level: 157.0 - Posts: 1508)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 4:11 PM

Depends on where you live. We are east of Del Dios Highway and north of Rancho Bernardo in the southwest corner by Lake Hodges. We found out some good friends on Mt. Israel lost their home of 35 years. Most of Escondido, except for our area and San Pasqual Valley, remains untouched. We were in a small corridor of safety - who knows why, it should have burned. The mandatory evacuation was less than a mile from our house, so it was way too close to feel secure. Our old house in Rancho Bernardo is still standing in the area that Bush visited yesterday.

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