Another damn fire

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  1. evangilder

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    This is pretty close to my house and I was out putting lights out this morning when I saw the first Firehawk helo overhead. With 50 MPH gusts of wind and heavy sustained winds, this is a rager that has filled our neighborhood with smoke. It took hold quick and has been chewing through brush. Fortunately, the winds have shifted enough that we aren't getting the smoke right now, but our house smells pretty BBQd.

     

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    Got some mates in the FD out around your way.

    They were probably on the strike teams for it.

    Nasty buggers to fight. Just hard work.

    Glad everything is ok for you.
     
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    WOW! Hope all works out Eric, boy you bring back some memories...
     
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    They were really howling in Orange County last night and morning.

    Right now things are calm.

    Weird how the weather can be so different within 60 miles.
     
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    Winds are still heavy with no let up expected before tomorrow afternoon. Up to 10,000 acres and still burning. The map below shows the area that is active. I am just below the 4, near where the road curves. My son's school is just above the 5, right in the middle of it. Schools in Moorpark are closed because of the fire. Gee, in my day, we had "snow days". I'm not used to "fire days"!
     

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    Scary. Is this another arson fire, man-made stupidity or natural causes.

    Hope all turns out okay. California seems to be getting quite the brunt if these things lately.
     
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    Wishing you all the best luck and safety, Eric. And rain. Lots of gentle rain.
     
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    Keyword - gentle. Heavy rains after a fire usually result in mudslides.
     
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    it doesnt matter if its gentle or not......... once the rain seeps down to the underlying basement rocks, then its all over.
     
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    what a freaky mess ......... again ! Eric keep us posted and if need be get you and your familie that hey out of there, screw work just move quick. Will be praying that those winds settle down so the guys can gt4 the monster out ...... what a way to spend December Bbbblllllllllllllllllllttttttttttttttttttttt
     
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    Fortunately for me, it is moving west and away from us. My wife said it is clear by our house, which is funny because I work about 20 miles away and the smoke is blowing over here now! Smells like a campfire in the office. Rains are coming, so sayeth the weather-guesser. It will be helpful to get the fire out and give the firefighters a much needed help, as long as it isn't heavy.
     
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    I thought there was no snow in California... ;)

    Anyway, I wish everything will be fine for you and your family.
     
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    Thanks guys. Fire is now 35% contained with winds dying down. It's not unusual for the winds to die down at this time of day to pick up again later. We will wait and see. No word on the cause yet, but rumors surround a power line sparking a tree in the winds. Wouldn't be surprising with the 80 MPH gusts we had saturday and sunday night. Looks like the winds were down enough in the afternoon for the fire support helos to go out from Camarillo. A couple of heavies left a couple of hours ago.
     
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    Our firefighters did an awesome job overnight to get to 80% containment. The winds stayed down and they are shooting for full containment by this afternoon. After witnessing what these guys went through with the winds, even watching the air support choppers and P-3s doing amazing flying in high gusts, I have a ton of respect for the job they do. We had 5 homes and one commercial building destroyed with the same amount damaged, which is amazing considering that at the height of the blaze, over 1,000 homes were threatened.

    Firefighters everywhere, I salute you. :salute:

    Here are some shots from the Ventura County Star that show how close it was for many people. Fire crews worked real hard to save a lot of homes.
     

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    thanks to God and the Firefighters .............

    glad you were not close to that viscious thing Eric

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    The closest it got was about 2 miles away, which is close enough for me. There are still quite a few hotspots around, including some burning still right near my sons schools. So no school again today for my son. But it looks so much better today.
     
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    Don't you wish the Martin MARS was there dropping water? I'd fly out
    and join you for that!!!!

    Happy to know things are settling out, though, Eric. How do you prevent
    idiots from starting these things? You can't, sad to say.
     
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    Glad things are ok Eric...
     
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