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#1127977 - 10/11/17 11:23 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: oldbroad]
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Thank you, everyone. I appreciate all of the kind words. hearts

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#1127996 - 10/12/17 07:42 AM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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Marian, I also feel terrible for your family, Big Hugs on the way. hearts
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#1128041 - 10/12/17 05:33 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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prayers and much love to all .

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#1128044 - 10/12/17 06:09 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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I'm so sorry to hear of your and your family's loss, Marian.
These fires are really terrible.

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#1128053 - 10/12/17 07:33 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: Jenny100]
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Thank you, everyone. It sounds like the winds are going to be picking up in that area again over the weekend, which is bad news for any possibility of starting to contain them.

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#1129130 - 10/22/17 07:44 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: Marian]
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Thought I'd chime in with some good news, finally. I don't live in the direct path of the fires, so we were never in any danger, but were on the periphery, where we choked on the smoke and heard the ceaseless roar of passing fire engines for days. Things have quieted down considerably.

Most of the fires are contained now, some by as much as 80%. The dreadful air quality that necessitated the wearing of serious environmental masks has drastically improved, and we aren't coughing as much. We got a spot of rain yesterday! Gave the fire fighters a much needed boost.

We get daily bulletins now instead of hourly, the evacuation orders have ceased and some areas, like the town of Calistoga, have allowed residents to come back. Others still are awaiting clearance of dangerously burned trees and downed power poles and lines before they will be allowed access. Some of the regional aid fire fighting teams have gone home, and mopping up continues with local teams. The worst, it seems, is over.

Still, the toll is horrendous. Almost 30% of the Sonoma Valley was burned to the ground! This includes something like 6000 structures, many people lost their lives and others were badly burned during their escape. Livestock and pets were burned as well. Fire fighters said the fire came through one area as a "flashover," and literally burned animals where they stood. They found charred black statues they recognized as sheep, goats and others. Impossible to contemplate something that horrific. Property damage estimates are over one Billion dollars at this point.

What saves everyone from totally being devastated by grief is the continuing recitation of stories of heroic actions, courage in the face of the unimaginable, survival stories against impossible odds, and people as well as businesses opening their doors, their hearts and their pocketbooks to those who have been hurt most. People are at their best under these extreme circumstances.

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#1129132 - 10/22/17 08:04 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: Reenie]
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Speaking of heroics, there is a Gofundme page here. It's really heartwarming to see how his community has responded.

This is my ex brother-in-law's son, making him my son's cousin. I was living on one of the properties that got burned to the ground when I was married, and my husband and his brother (Jesse's father) were living there as well. I was there the day that Jesse was born, and his house that burned down was there as well.

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#1129137 - 10/22/17 09:15 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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Glad you are ok Reenie.

My son was in Santa Rosa at one of the wildlife rescue camps and people camps that were evacuated with a friend helping out on Monday. It was definitely eye opening for them.

Marian, bless your sons cousin. So much goodness comes to light in situations like these.

Ana wave
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#1129262 - 10/23/17 04:13 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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Thanks for the updates Reenie and Marian. Glad to hear there is some light showing through the darkness.

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#1129451 - 10/24/17 10:40 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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My Friend Marilyn was killed in her mobile home. She was a very hard sleeper, and they found her inside of her bed frame. Please say prayers for her that the smoke got to her before the flames. I feel so sad :(
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#1129452 - 10/24/17 10:48 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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Sorry to read this catsmom, very sad indeed!!
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#1129459 - 10/24/17 11:09 PM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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I am so very sorry, catsmom. Praying that she didn't suffer.
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#1129467 - 10/25/17 01:37 AM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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Aw catsmom. That is terrible. I also pray she didn't suffer. So sorry!

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#1129476 - 10/25/17 04:21 AM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: catsmom]
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Catsmom so sorry to hear about your friend Marilyn.
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#1129491 - 10/25/17 07:46 AM Re: Wildfires in California [Re: Kaki's Sister]
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Oh, my goodness, catsmom. That is so very sad. I send my sincere condolences hearts
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