Thursday, September 29, 2005

Not Again

It's LA wild fire season, and they're really bad right now. I thought they were pretty far from me but I just went out to put on my sprinklers and the smell of ash was in the air. Oy. Reminds me of the fires from the LA riots several years ago.


At 11:38 PM, Blogger Batya said...

Stay safe!

At 11:54 PM, Blogger Rory said...

Esther, I know we'll all be hoping the fires don't come any closer. Good luck.

At 4:38 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

My mother-in-law lost her home in the Altadena fires in October of 1993, when the wind suddenly shifted in the wee hours of the morning. There was no time to save anything but two Remington bronzes, but everyone got out okay. The pets saved themselves and reappeared a few weeks later.

For years (1954-1993), the family had thought the fires would never reach them, even with all the smoke and the ash in the area during bad wildfire seasons. The backup system for soaking the house's roof failed because the pool was undergoing repairs. The house was gone in about 45 minutes because the fires were so hot that it combusted from the inside. The cinder block construction didn't save it.

Being an Easterner, I hated visiting during the fire season. Residents of Southern California get used to the fire season, I suppose. I never did.

Now my mother-in-law lives in the heart of Hollywood, where it's relatively safe as compared to the hills of Pasadena/Altadena.

Be careful. Stay safe!

At 4:46 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

Please take care and don't for goodness sake take any risks!

What about the animals?

At 5:42 AM, Anonymous seawitch said...


Hope the fires don't come any closer. stay safe.

At 6:40 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks everyone for your well wishes. I'll be fine. Like AOW's mother-in-law, I'm in a pretty good area. AOW, I remember you talking about that before. My heart goes out to them. What a terrible loss.

I was just surprised I could actually smell it from here and that got me pretty nervous. Plus we had wall-to-wall coverage of it all day on the local channels. And I admit I'm prone to over-reaction when it comes to fire since my apartment fire when I lived in NY.

But don't worry RM, I have a plan. I have two carriers, so each cat gets her own. When I lived on the 8th floor of another apartment buildinng, the fire alarm would go off all the time because crews were working on the parking structure. Every time, I would get them in their carriers and walk down the eight flights. I don't take chances, even if I pretty much know it's a false alarm.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

I hope you and yours stay safe! Be careful!

At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Felis said...

Yes Esther,
Stay safe.
We are ging through fire season every year.
I know what's like.
Take care

At 7:01 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks Tim. Felis too. Sorry you go through this also. The firemen have been amazing. Something like 24,000 acres lost and only one house. Unreal.

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

As bad as it is, it doesn't seem to be as bad as the last one. That one I couldn't see five feet in front of me.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger birdwoman said...

be safe



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