Monday, October 22, 2007

Firestorm in Canyon Country

First of all, thank you all for your phone calls and concerns. For those you haven't heard or, more likely, have been distracted by the many other crazy fires, my husband, myself, and my parents found ourselved in the middle of the Canyon Country fire for the last 36 hours or so. It seems like everyone knows at least one person or family involved in the various fires around the southland, so I know our story is far from unique.

This photo is the "before" of the Camp Plenty neighborhood you'll see more of later. The sky was downright Apocalyptic (this is from Sunday afternoon).

A HUGE shoutout to the Firemen and women who are continuing to battle these dozens of blazes - they are true heroes!!!

As it stands now, my parents, who were originally evacuated yesterday, are now safe back at home (along with their three cats and the dog). Unforunately, a lot of homes were lost in this - including just down Whites Canyon from my parents on Camp Plenty. I was able to talk with some of the residents of that neighborhood (and one family of one of the destroyed homes) and take some pictures. You'll also see a photo of the eucalyptus tree that came down in our complex and landed on our car park (the top of it is a tennis court - that's the photo below).

Thanks again for your prayers. Please continue to pray for those who still don't know the fate of their properties and find themselves still evacuated.

The following photos are just a few from the Camp Plenty neighborhood (both before and after the fires came through).

This is the family I spoke to and that is what's left of their home behind them. They were in a surprisingly good mood considering.
Some of the heroic fire fighters.
This is what is left of the trash can of a family down the street from the burned out photos. I spoke with the resident of this home and he showed me some of the other damage to the home. They were really lucky though and they didn't lose their home.

Check out the front of this Saturn - it totally melted due to the heat of the blaze. Dent resistant, yes. Heat resistant?.... not so much....

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