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San Diego, Escondido, San Marcos Fires

Linda Buquet

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I've had Internet connection problems due to all the SoCal fires.

It's horrible. Thousands have been evacuated and huge neighborhoods
have been totally wiped out. I'm surrounded by fires, much of my family
scattered around Escondido and Rancho Berdardo had to be evacuated.
Some have lost their homes already. The sky is dark reddish black.

The fire JUMPED the I 15 freeway, which no one thought was possible
and now it's in San Diego proper too, not just outlaying areas.
They are afraid it will wipe out everything and keep going all the
way to the ocean due to the heavy winds powering the flames.

So I could lose my connection again, I could have to evacuate
or could have to go help my family or someone else in need.
I'll be checking in when I can, if I can. But if I'm gone for
awhile, you'll know why.

Please send your prayers to the people of Southern California.
 
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Larwee

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Linda, television coverage has indicated that this is a very serious situation. But I know watching it on television is nothing like actually being there and going through this horrible nightmare.

There really are no words anyone can say in situations such as this that would be of any help. However I'm sure all of us are wishing you the very best.
 

Linda Buquet

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The wind died down for awhile and I was praying it would go away.
Suddenly it's back with a vengeance.

In addition to the health problems of breathing smoke they say there are some chemicals and toxins in the air that are making people sick. But many of the hospitals had to be evacuated so not sure where people are going.

I've watched the cloud of smoke move toward me and now it's all the way here.
The sky is red. I don't know if that means the fire is coming this way.

FYI my computer crashed due to a power blip. Good chance I'll totally lose power. If anything drastic happens and I can't get online I'll call Larry and let him know so he can keep you updated.

I need to go find out which way the fire is heading.
If I can I'll try to find a map to show you where
all the fires are and where I am.
 

Linda Buquet

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Update: 9.51 AM Here's a pic I grabbed off the news of some of the fires. Several new ones just broke out that arent on here. I am the red dot. Lots of power outages. Mine has been cutting out off and on.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/76818439@N00/1692697781/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2276/1692697781_076b47bb6a.jpg" width="500" height="338" alt="San Diego Witch Creek Fires" /></a>
 

Linda Buquet

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Still really windy but right now the smoke is a little better right here in my area.
I got my daughter and grand daughter to leave their house and come over here.
The smoke and ash is really bad at their house.

I'll check in again in a bit if I can.
 
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I hope things clear up Linda.
We get alot of fires here too during the summer and its scary. Take care of yourself!
 

Linda Buquet

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Quick update...

I'm in this blessed tiny little protected pocket. Just one little circle of blue sky and relatively little smoke - but sometimes it's still hard to breathe. My family stayed last night and now my son-in-law's family that just got evacuated from new danger areas are here or on their way.

It's getting pretty crowded here, but I'm so happy I can provide a safe haven. Otherwise they would have to go all the way to QualComm Stadium which already has 10,000 people and that's if they could even get there. I think all the freeways are closed down that way.

The Witch fire, the one closes to us blew west is almost to the coast BUT now is starting to blow back this way and double back on itself. The wind is picking up again and is supposed to remain high all day.

Power transformers are still blowing all over so I could still lose power or Internet. So wanted to give a quick update while I can.
 

Linda Buquet

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We're helping to open one of our local churches to turn into evacuation center.
Then I'm going to Costco to buy a bunch of food and supplies to donate to
all the displaced victims, then we are all going over to volunteer.

So I'll be back in touch when I can.
 

JAmieF

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Hi Linda

It great to hear that you are safe and helping the community. Our thoughts are with the families and the fire fighters tackling the fire.

Please keep us informed Linda.
 

maranda

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Linda, we're happy to hear you're holding up amid all this tragedy. Glad to know your daughter and grand daughter are with you. And your volunteer efforts are to be admired. Hopefully, these fires will be under control soon!

Until then, stay strong!
 

Linda Buquet

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Thanks for the well wishes Jamie and Maranda. We are all safe and calling it a night.
None of us have been able to sleep much so we're exhausted.

We were glad we were in a position to volunteer and try to help. Truckloads of donations with food and blankets showed up at the church. People are so generous at times like this.

Seems like most of the fires have slowed down some, the wind has mellowed a lot and the air quality isn't quite as bad as it's been.
 

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Linda Buquet

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Thanks Nicole!

Most fires right in this area are better and so is the air. You can still smell smoke and it still gives you a headache and sore throat, but not nearly as bad as yesterday. There are a couple new fires that are near the big power transformers for the area so they are worried about power and warning that we need to conserve. But other than that it looks like things are getting under control. There are still tons of people homeless in shelters and it's just so sad.

I feel so blessed that everyone in our family is OK. As far as I know, no one lost their home, but we can't be sure until some of them are let back into areas that still have mandatory evacuation orders.

So unless something new develops or I have to go help family, I'm back at work today.
Thanks so much Larry for taking care of everything while I was gone.
 

Larwee

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Welcome back Linda.

I was glad to be able to help while you were dealing with more important issues.

Here is one of the more unusual events associated with the fires. A San Diego television reporter by the name of Larry Himmel is on the scene watching and covering his own house being destroyed by fire.

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Here he walks through the house after it had been destroyed.

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Linda Buquet

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Hi Jamie,

Last I heard there was a chance of rain this weekend, but when I checked just now the 10 day forcast does not show any rain. Rain would sure help though.

Shoot, the wind is picking up again and there are big chunks of ash blowing in from somewhere.

Here is the HUGE powerplant that powers most of San Diego that's in jeopardy now and some lines have been knocked out.

Here is a pic of the San Onofre power plant.
You'll see why 'some' call it the twin sisters. ;)
http://www.aaenvironment.com/Pictures/IndianPoint1.jpg

FYI they are saying based on devastation and damage estimates
this disaster is worse than Katrina and the biggest fire in the history of the US.
 

Linda Buquet

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Thanks for posting those videos Larry. That was amazing to watch as it was happening.
Felt so bad for him.

I may try to post some other videos later too but right now
I'm just buried playing catch up here at work.
If anyone else finds anything of interest feel free to post.
 

Edwin

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I hope everything is going well for you Linda?
I saw the picture you posted and it looks like you're smack in the middle of it all?

Awful developments going down there.

Be safe!
 

TheCuteKidDave

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I was watching the fires on T.V. and thinking to myself, I have survived a bunch of hurricanes and believe me they are very scary. But I don?t think I want to go through fire, its just seems you have no chance. And the way the fire will burn one house and not the one next door. I could not imagine watching everything I worked so hard for go up in flames.
 

maranda

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That video of Larry Himmel was just heartbreaking. Sure does take a lot of strength to keep doing your job in the midst of your own personal loss.
 
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