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Smoked out

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 8:45 AM

When you are paying attention to so many local events and issues, you sometimes forget that far away events can have an impact on you. And your family.

All day Monday, the AP wire was filled with the header. “Californiawildfire,” a common occurrence this time of year. Then one flash got my attention.

SAN DIEGO (AP) â€" Wildfires fanned by fierce desert winds forced the evacuations of nearly 250,000 people Monday in San Diego County, including hundreds who were being moved by school bus and ambulance from a hospital and nursing homes.

More than a dozen wildfires had engulfed Southern California, killing at least one person, injuring dozens more and threatening scores of structures.

Holy ... I reached for my cell.

“Yeah, Cindy and the family had to get out. They’re OK, but that’s all I know.”

This is the second time that my cousin and her family have had to bug out due to these fires. They did so as a precaution several years back, but the blaze never got close. This time however, things may be different.

As of this morning, about a half a million people have been moved out. Fortunately, the emergency management folks and workers seem to have things well in hand. While people are jammed into the Qualcomm Stadium, there is no evidence of the chaos that occurred in New Orleans several years back, with plenty of food, water and supplies ready for the displaced.

I’m keeping them in my thoughts this morning and I hope many will do the same for all those out there who are possibly losing their homes.

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Our prayers are certainly with them Brian. It may sound like "just another wildfire" as you alluded to, but each one usually has an affect on real people.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 23, 2007, at 9:38 AM

Well, good news. We finaly heard from the family out west last night and they are back at home . Everything is intact and unburned, although there is a huge layer of soot covering the neighborhood.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Fri, Oct 26, 2007, at 8:05 AM

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