Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
I've been thinking about that too. I thought I heard that one fire started when a car caught fire. Someone correct me if I'm wrong about that. I don't remember hearing anything else being said about why. I guess it could be a lot of things.
So far nothing has been said regarding the cause of any of the fires. I think they are just trying to get a handle on the situation before they start looking for the cause. The only thing I heard was a fire started on Monday near the Wild Animal Park because a trasformer blew. Other than that there have been no coments.
Some updates, Ramona still has no water, if someone is in the area tries to go in to the area to check on their home they are told if they do try the faucets to NOT use the waer, boiling will not take care of the problems in the water. Many people are starting to be alowed in to their homes again. The list is large. Basicly today is much better, the smoke is still strong but the fires are starting to be contained and evacuations are being lifted. Hopefully things will continue to improve. The largest problem is the winds have shifted and are now blowing back inland from the water so all the smoke that was blown out over the ocean is now turning around and coming back to us.
For more info the best news channel, that is the most comprehensive is NBC. They have compiled all the info. You can click on any of the links and get up to the date info and maps. Here is the linkhttp://www.nbcsandiego.com/index.html
I am also including the stats from their site, there are a lot so this is long.Firestorm Figures Updated Wed. 11:45 a.m.Overall County Totals:
- Almost 300,000 acres burned
- 560,000 total number of people evacuated
- 50,000 have been able to return home
- 6 deaths related to the fires have been reported by the Medical Examiner.
- One is a "direct" fire death(Tecate).
- More than 1,350 structures destroyedWitch Creek, Rice Canyon and Harris Fires destroyed:
- 686 single family homes
- 170 mobile homes
- 4 commercial buildings
- 194 accessory buildings
- 20,000 avocado trees
- 393 automobilesEstimates on cost:
- Just the homes damaged will be over $1 billionHarris Fire:
- 73,000 acres burned
- Suppression costs are at $2.5 million
- 200 homes destroyed
- 250 damaged
- 2,500 structures threatened (2,000 homes, 500 commercial properties)
- 5 firefighters, 20 civilians injured
- 759 firefighters assigned
- Fire threatening structures along HWY 94 from Jamul to the east and
Jamacha to the west.Witch Creek Fire:
- 196, 420 acres burned
- 10 percent contained
- Supression costs are at $2.3 million
- Evacuation orders still in place
- 12 firefighters, two civilians injured
- 1,841 firefighters assigned
- 645 structures destroyed (500 homes, 100 commercial properties, 50
- Damaged: 250 structures, 75 commercial properties, 50 outbuildings
- Fire threatens the communities of Julian and Pine Hills
- Burned: Lyons PeakRice Fire:
- 7,500 acres
- 15 percent contained
- Cost to fight this fire is $585,000
- 1 firefighter injured
- 500 structures destroyed
- 30 structures damaged
- De Luz and Fallbrook are evacuated, 400 structures in these areas are
- Red Flag conditions during daylight hoursPoomacha Fire:
- 25,000 acres
- 0 percent contained
- 659 firefighters assigned
- Cost to fight this fire is $350,000
- 8 injuries (all firefighters)
- 2,000 structures threatened, one destroyed
- Fire started in a structure at 3:13 a.m. Tuesday
- Fire increased in size due to extreme fire behavior, lack of resources and
Here is an interactive map.http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=...!101&encType=1
Now for help. For people that live ouside the region the Red Cross has asked that monetary donations be made through their site.
"NEWS FROM RED CROSS: MONETARY DONATIONS: In order to provide the fastest and most effective assistance to those affectefd by the SD Wildrfires, The American Red Cross requests individuals make a monetary donation at www.sdarc.org/donate
. Designate option2-San Diego/Imperial Counties Local Disaster Fund for your donation. Another option is to mail your donation to: American Red Cross, 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA, 92123."
For helping animals I have yet to find an adress to the shelters. I think though it is pretty safe bet that any shelter will take donations of food. As soon as I get some info on where to send donations I will post it.
Most things being talked about when it comes to donations is for local residents. I will see what I can find for those of you who live out of state and want to help.
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. We still need them.