FIRE! #4: Looking pretty good

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Blog entry by Myron Wooley posted 10-23-2007 06:25 AM 801 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Flared up... Part 4 of FIRE! series Part 5: Update from Myron's son »

The fire seems to have gone south of us. I just heard that this particular fire, the Witch Creek Fire, has burned over 110,000 acres, and is zero percent contained. Escondido and Rancho Bernardo are in serious trouble.

I just went to check on the family, and everyone is just fine, except my brother-in-law, who just doesn’t do well with a lot of kids at the same time. Not to mention the 5 cats, 2 dogs, 4 cockatiels, and 1 parakeet. Oh yeah- 2 guinea pigs and a rat. The 2 pygmy goats were hauled off to a shelter this morning.

Did I mention we call this place Casa de Chaos?

My 16 year old son is with me now back at the house. No glow on the horizon, just that sick brushfire smell wafting around. We are 2 doors down from the sheriff’s station and the firehouse (although that didn’t help a bit last time).

We all should be back here tomorrow morning, Lord willing. I’m going to stand firewatch here; we’ll be safe.

When I get a chance, I’ll write about the fire prevention stuff I did with the new shop to ensure it won’t burn again. Doesn’t apply to this old house (built in 1958), though.

I truly appreciate your prayers and concern. Thanks for the support- it means a lot to me.


-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#1 posted 10-23-2007 12:56 PM

Glad to hear that you made it through OK.

-- Tom, Grove City, Ohio

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 10-23-2007 01:16 PM

Yep’ I was concerned for your safety. Hope it all turns out OK.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 10-23-2007 01:32 PM

Keep us posted and send my words of support to the casa de chaos

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 10-23-2007 01:39 PM

Saw it on the news this morning and had to come check. I was afraid internet would be out and we wouldn’t know. Thank God everything’s OK. Now as for everyone else, we’ll just keep praying.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#5 posted 10-23-2007 03:19 PM

Glad to hear the good news!

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 10-24-2007 12:35 AM

Yow! Haven’t checked my LJ feed in a while and ran across this sequence of posts. Glad your place is still standing.

I’m up north of SF, but we’ve got an ominous area that burned Saturday, even after the rains Friday night, apparently because of a model rocket launch. I’m all for kids playing with explosives, but be careful out there folks!

Up here in the boonies it’s also getting cold enough that people are starting to use their wood stoves, so there’s been at least one night where I spent 45 minutes driving around the area trying to pin down the source of a smell so I could convince myself it was someone’s fireplace and not a nascent burn.

Glad you’re okay, stay safe, and remember that in the worst case stuff can be replaced, but humans can’t.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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