Wild Fires Around San Diego...

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  1. tbini87

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    any others in the area being affected? my junior college and all local high schools are shut down. lots of people being evacuated. it is extremely windy which has to be a major problem. this happened a few years ago, and lots of homes were burned...
     
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    Yeah, my high school is used as an evacuation center. I live in San Marcos btw.
     
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    o, ok. i go to palomar. i went to san pasqual. how old are you?
     
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    16. I go to Mission Hills High. Wanna play sometime?
     
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    I just saw some pictures on CNN, that looks bad :sad:
     
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    hang in there, hope it gets better for you all!!
     
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    It's very bad in ALL of Southern California right now. There are 10 wildfires burning from LA County all the way down to the Mexican border and the winds are over 40 MPH. I grew up there and October has historically been one of the most dangerous months of the year because of the wind.

    There's been a joke for years that LA has four seasons - fire, flood, earthquake, drought - but it's not funny when you actually see it happening in such a devastating fashion.

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/22/wildfire.ca/index.html
     
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    It was said that yesterday was the driest in SoCal for 130 years.

    Some of my friends have to evacuate from their houses. But the fire migrated away from the San Marcos area (where we are) and went deeper into Escondido.
     
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    Our best wishes to all of our California friends...stay safe Ms Fee...my best friends mother lives in Canyon Country and evacuated to her other daughters place in Lancaster...We wish you all a large enough rain storm to put out the fires but not big enough to cause flooding and landslides
     
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    Thanks, but I'm fine. Waaaayyyy north of all of that, no wind here today. :)

    I know a lot of people down there though, and I am worried about all of them, especially the people in Lake Arrowhead. :(
     
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    I live in San Diego and currently in the path of the fire.

    I took some photos starting at about 7 am until noon. You can see them and read my overview at the link.

    LINK

    Wish us luck. This sucks

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    I have family in escondido coming up tonight because of the evacuation. We can see the smoke all the way up the coast in San Luis Obispo. I hope they get this under control soon.
     
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    That might be the smoke from the Sedgewick Fire in Santa Barbara.

    Escondido to SLO? That's a long trip under the best of circumstances. Hope your family makes it in okay.
     
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    I live in Lake Forest, this sucks. Ash rains down on my neighborhood by the hour, yet, against my regards, we have to go to school tomorrow.
     
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    Maybe time to go...

    Here in Escondido, I just found out I should be evacuating. I'll wait for the reverse 911 call. (You get a call to GET OUT!)
     
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    Threads like these kinda put many other threads into perspective.

    I can say that that even here in Australia the fires are headline news items, so the thoughts of people all around the world are with you all - we get our fair share of horrid fires here in Aus.

    Here's hoping for changes in wind and even rain....
     
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    Southern Cali is literally on fire...the air is hazardous, the sky is red, the wind is owning us.
     
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    I hope you are packing up your important things. And a week's worth of clothes. Good luck and get back to us when you can.
     
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    I am stuck in LA, was away for the weekend. I live in Mira Mesa, and I am antsy to get back home! On my list of things to pack, a tennis ball signed by Pete Sampras and a copy of the SI with him on the cover after his 1st US Open victory, my racquet bag...and I guess my deeds and diploma. Anyone with info chime in!
     
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    Good luck mate, and remember - people matter, stuff doesn't - you only have to check your own footer to be reminded of that! :)
     
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    Condolences and good luck to all 'Left Coast' victims.

    One question: looking underneath you moniker I see "super moderator." My question: what is the difference between a "moderator" and a "super moderator?"

    Good luck Cali
     
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    It certainly does! I hope everyone makes it out okay.
     
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    I lived and worked all over SD county for 9 years in the 90s, my thoughts are with you all.
     
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    I live in Ocean Beach, just north of downtown and am safe for the moment. I'm two blocks from the beach, so if I'm evacuated, the whole city is going up in flames. :( I was flying back from Tahoe Sunday night and the last 30 minutes, from north LA to the SD airport was like flying over lava fields...very spooky. My hospital is taking transfers from east county hospitals/skilled nursing facilities. My thoughts and prayers are with all in the affected areas. Stay safe and God bless.
     
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    Morning all. I am going to spend the day in traffic to get back to my house, see if any of my friends and family in the area need help. I felt guilty sleeping last night, knowing there are people working through the night to help others.
     
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    The brush fires are gone now. There is still red flag warnings, as well as high winds in some areas. However, most of the sky is clear now.

    What was weird yesterday was... I took a nap in the afternoon. I woke up and looked outside my window and it looked perfectly fine - the sun shining, a blue sky, etc. When I went to the backyard, there was a sky full of smoke, mostly dark, some fires in the distance. Pretty weird... huh?
     
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    hey guys. i evacuated escondido(yesterday) and am now with my younger siblings at my grandparents house. i guess the fires in SD are horrible, and tons of houses have burned down. pretty sad. i might be able to go home tonight... i guess the fire was all around my old high school (san pasqual) and burned a lot of houses around that area.
     
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    I am nearly speechless looking at all of this destruction shown on CNN. It's almost unreal. My heart goes out to those 1000+ families that have lost their homes. :(
     
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    I live in the rancho penasquitos area literally about 5 miles due south of rancho santa fe. Everyone is saying how horrible and terrifying it is, reality is that sleeping peacefully and waking up at 12:30 in the morning to hear "THIS IS A MANDANTORY EVACUATION" is something you will never forget. My house is safe currently, we have been evacuated but we have come back with our car in the garage ready to leave at anytime. There are blue skies over my head as we speak but my house is 2 streets into the evacuation zone. I just want to express my sympathy for all who lost their homes and our prayers go out to all those in the line of fire. Stay safe everyone. Kids and teenagers, do not rejoice over school closures. Nothing is worth rejoicing over when a fire is literally incinerating the memories of families.

    Statistics:
    Witch Fire:
    164,000 acres burned.
    over 500 houses burned.
    no civilian lives lost
    1% contained (hey come on guys, its something)
    Currently threatening everything to the west of it. meaning ramona to the ocean.
    Winds seem to be in good enough conditions for fixed wing air craft to help out but nothign is assured. helicopters are working on it.
     
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    I'm too far to be directly affected by the fires, but the school board isnt alllowing us to practice...
     
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    200,000 acres charred and 1% contained...
     
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    have you been evacuated yet? good luck with everything.
     
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    I am a little further south in Mira Mesa. We are also packed and ready to evacuate any time. But looks like the worst is over. It has been a horrible couple of days.

    The air quality still sucks, but it did not prevent me from heading out to the courts in our complex an hour ago and practising two hoppers worth of serves. Have this demo of the K95 XL which I had been planning to demo earlier, but it of course never happened.

    Great serving stick, BTW :) It was strung at 55 with Lux in the mains and Reaction in the crosses.

    People who saw me probably concluded I was nuts.

    I think the worst is over. The winds have reduced. Some fires are still raging, but the prediction is that the winds will move towards the ocean and die. Some evacuees are being asked to return. No school for my son till Monday, and my employer has asked us not to come in Wed either.
     
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    Where do you play? I am in Mira Mesa too.
     
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    haha. you are crazy. were you wearing a mask while you played? haha. hope it dies down soon and they get a handle on it all! good luck.
     
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    i was evacuated today but ti seems pretty safe for now so we're staying home until further notice
     
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    And a grip :)

    My wife wanted me to wear a mask (we have a packet of those surgical masks) but I refused. I just didn't breathe hard :)

    The court was covered with a layer of ash and soot and my yellow practice balls have all turned gray.

    You know you are a tennis addict when you practise serves during a wildfire.

    But seriously, we are all packed up and all our neighbors are fine. I just feel guilty I am not out distributing blankets or other necessities as many are doing in San Diego.
     
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  39. sureshs

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    Where do you play?
     
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    Sometimes the best thing you can do is stay home and stay out of the way. If the guilt really gets to you, you can always go through your closet for extra clothes that you no longer want, or go through the pantry for extra canned goods or whatever, then call the Red Cross to see if they need them. Or a local church or something like that. Or even drop off some cookies at the nearest fire station. Or sweep your local public courts. :)
     
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    We have cleaned the garage many many times and given all that stuff (books, toys, clothes, racquets) to the Salvation Army every now and then. They have opened many kitchens now for the disaster. So in some way, we have helped.

    Besides, I would rather find out what racquet Federer really uses.
     
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    I invited my fiancee's cousin's family to live with us for a bit since they had to evacuate. They have a 4 year old boy, so now I finally have someone to play my Wii with!
     
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    I play at Westview Highschool
     
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    with all the young guys around sd on the tennis warehouse forum we should start a league or something haha. i play at palomar cc.
     
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    Why? How would that change your life in any perceptible way? :confused:
     
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    i think, or at least HOPE he was joking! haha. times like this really show how rediculous the things that we chase in life really are! i must admit that i did pack my tennis stuff just like i did pictures and all as if there were irreplaceable haha! pretty pathetic, but i am getting some use out of them now that i don't have school and have courts a minute away!
     
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    just found a list of houses that have burned down in escondido (ci.escondido.ca.us). lots of developments where friends live have been hit which is scary. seems like there is no way it could happen to them, or to me, but just shows how unpredictable life can be! hope the worst is behind us and that i can get home soon! good luck to others in the same boat.
     
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    i cannot imagine. it is such a helpless feeling to just be watching it all play out.

    thoughts and prayers are with you.
     
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    I don't have school this week cause of the wildfires :D So some of us are happy and sad lol. I play tennis almost everyday after school and I'm begining to miss it. I haven't been outside yet (not even once) this week and it's getting boring.
     
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