Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I guess I can tear my eyes off the T.V. long enough to let you all know that I am safe in one of the few parts of San Diego (map) that is not in the path of a fire. I wish I could say the same for all of my family, friends and acquaintances, but unfortunately there are many, many families devastated by this tragedy. Even those of us who have been spared loss of property or life (so far) we have all been affected in some way. The smoke and ash is thick and all over everything. Many people, myself included, are dealing with headaches, sinus congestion and shortness of breath.
I have to give credit to the community for working together and getting the evacuation centers open quickly. The outpouring of local support and donations has been incredible, and now we have the support of the federal government, we will need it. I can't say enough about the hard working firefighters and their devotion to save as many homes as possible, they are true heros.
The news coverage has been informative, non stop, and mesmerizing. A good on-line resource is at www.cbs8.com. There have been countless heartbreaking stories. The footage of the scared and helpless animals that gets me. At the moment I am watching the the progress of the Palomar Mtn. fire, it's been creeping up closer to our old cabin that obviously still holds a place close to my heart.
I guess if one good thing has come out of this, it's been great hearing from people I don't talk to on a regular basis. My heart goes out to those who have lost and to those who are still waiting to hear. There will be a long period of healing and rebuilding, but it's not over yet.