Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Paradise No Longer

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Now named among the deadliest fires in California, Campfire, has destroyed the town of Paradise. A town of 27,000 lost 8,000 structures of which 7,700 were homes.

Forty-eight people are confirmed dead. An estimated 228 are missing.  Recovery teams and dogs are finding more, most of them in pieces and bone fragments.

California is dry with a strong Santa Ana winds and high temperatures. The fire is considered to be 30% contained.

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Donations may be made. American Red Cross is a good site for this.


42 comments:

  1. So sad. And I hear the air quality in NorCal is awful right now. We've got up close proof of climate change right here.

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    1. Air quality is indeed bad. Asthma, COPD, and lung disease puts people in danger.

      We experienced it here when the Idyllwyld fire burned for days.

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  2. That's so awful. Those poor people.

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    1. Those trying to leave town were caught in their cars. Fire burned on both sides of the hwy.

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  3. A horrible situation, hard to believe how much damage it's caused.

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    1. Only when we see this, Californians take out lawns and plant fire resistant succulents and rocks. Fire dept. recommends planting 20 ft. from the house.

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  4. Awful indeed. Fires sure spare no one or nothing in their path.

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  5. My heart aches for them. We flood, they burn, it's devastating either way.

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  6. The fires are terrible. I hope the death rates stay low.

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  7. Inexpressibly sad, Susan. May it end sooner than later.

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  8. My best friend’s niece lost all her possessions and pets in Paradise, but she and her children made it out with only with the clothes on their backs. No home and no job but they are alive. Others weren’t so fortunate. The scenes of these fires are beyond tragic. How are you doing, Susan?

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    1. We are far away. Fires are in N. Calif. and we are in the south. We had horrible fires two months ago, decimated so much land. No houses though. Thanks for asking.

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  9. I grew up in California and my brother just moved out of California. It's so sad to see what this fire is doing.

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  10. One can only ask "why?"
    The lives lost is heartbreaking.
    How do they begin again.

    We need prayers and miracles to make things happen ❤

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    1. There have not been so many lives lost as in this fire. Praying for their safety.

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  11. Oh no. We have similar disasters here in summer. It's just devastating, but we don't often lose a lot of lives, most fire-prone areas here have solid evacuation plans and people leave.
    I'm so sorry for the losses there and hope the fire is out soon. I could pray for rain, but it might not do much good from way downunder.

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    1. Our winter rains are usually in Jan. We did not have much last winter.

      The evacuation plan here was inadequate. Fire funneled cars and then burned those inside.

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  12. I am so sorry to hear that my friend!

    We heard in news but not in such detailed way

    I feel for victims and specially for town with such beautiful name
    Hope people recover from this soon and government manage to make it not happen as disastrously

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    1. Thank you.

      People build their homes in canyons surrounded by mountains and highly flammable brush. Nat'l forest mgmt needed to do preventative burning.

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  13. These fires have been so devastating and catastrophic to so many CA residents. It's really sad. My wife's daughter and her family had to evacuate and stay with us for a few days, but fortunately their home was kept safe and now they've returned. I'm sure they'll be dealing with some bad air quality and ugly fire scarred hillsides for some days to come, but at least they are safe.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  14. My heart hurts for all those people. As one woman said, she lost her history in destroyed heirlooms,letters and photos. The Red Cross is my go to place to send money. They helped me a lot one time when I was hit by a flood.

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    1. It is an organization that heads to the area of need. They are there on the spot.

      Oh, those victims have suffered so much and now have to suffer again as they try to recover.

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  15. So sad, so devastating. I hope they can recover from this horrible fire.

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  16. Hi Susan - just reading about it is heartbreaking ... it'd be really frightening - and I feel for all involved. Desperate times ... I do hope rains come, and the fires can be contained - all the best to one and all - Hilary

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    1. Rain is needed. More searchers have been assigned through the Nat'l Guard. This will give families closure.

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  17. This is so horrific. I just can't imagine.
    Can the government or other states help to get this under control?
    You aren't near this, correct?

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    1. No, I am S. Calif., but was near the Idyllwild fire. It is upsetting to see pink grey smoke on the horizon.

      National Guard has joined the search for missing people. Other states send their own wild fire fighters. There is a closeness that they share. Good people.

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    2. Note: 59 people are now confirmed dead. DNA experts are searching through bone, any that have enough tissue to test.

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    3. The # of fatality is now 63. # of missing is now 631 (acc. to CBS reports.) In a shelter, 21 people are showing symptoms of Norovirus.

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    4. The # of fatalities is now 71, and # of missing is 1,300.

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    5. The # of fatalities is now 77, and # of missing have been reduced to 993. Worry is about the predicted rain in the next few days. While it will help suppress the fire, rain often leads to mud slides.

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  18. I have been following this on NBC. Horrendous tragedy. I am not sure how long it will take for the community to recover. I heard one bit of news about a week ago that San Francisco probably had the worst air quality in the world at that time, thanks to the fire and smoke. I hope the situation has improved.

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    1. Ashes will continue to travel around the state. Such has a massive effect on those with lung diseases and asthma.

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  19. Now the Campfire tragedy has been 100% contained. Still, over 200 people are missing.

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