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Blog series by Myron Wooley updated 10-29-2007 08:28 AM 10 parts 6178 reads 80 comments total

Part 1: Oh, s@&t! Not again!

10-22-2007 09:50 PM by Myron Wooley | 13 comments »

It’s been almost exactly 4 years since the Paradise fire- 10/26 to be exact, and San Diego County is on fire again. We got a reverse 911 call to evacuate this morning. Packed up the kids and pets, and got my family to safety. I laid hose all around the property, and I’ve been on firewatch ever since.The family came back about an hour ago, and everything is OK so far. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather until this is over. The wind is a vicious Santa Ana. single ...

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Part 2: Still OK

10-23-2007 02:19 AM by Myron Wooley | 6 comments »

The wind has calmed a bit, but I am still very much on edge. The closest fire front is southeast of me, and the prevailing wind has been ENE. Had a bit of ash, and the occasional whiff of smoke. Man, I hate that smell. My truck is packed and pointed in the right direction if I have to make a run for it. Which will be as soon as I see flames coming my way. Thanks for your prayers- they seem to be working!Myron

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Part 3: Flared up...

10-23-2007 12:22 AM by Myron Wooley | 4 comments »

Fire flared up again- family bugged out. I’m hosing down the house. Keep praying!

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Part 4: Looking pretty good

10-23-2007 06:25 AM by Myron Wooley | 6 comments »

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...

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Part 5: Update from Myron's son

10-24-2007 12:25 AM by Myron Wooley | 5 comments »

Hi everybody. I’m Tommy, (Myron’s son). My dad just called me and asked to post an update so you all know what’s going on. As of now, things are not looking too good. My dad left with the rest of my family to my uncle’s house early in the morning on the other side of Valley Center. However, they were shortly after evacuated from there and sent to the High School gym where they currently still are. The last they’ve heard, the fire is up behind their house which...

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Part 6: Tommy again

10-24-2007 03:47 AM by Myron Wooley | 8 comments »

So far the fire hasn’t burnt any structures by my parent’s house, but it is still extremely close. The weather station address is: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=92082&MR=1 Just go down to the personal weather station section and my dad’s is the second one down that says “near the middle school”. As long as that’s broadcasting it means the house is still there. Right now, the Witch Creek fire or “Witc...

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Part 7: Maybe looking better

10-24-2007 09:04 PM by Myron Wooley | 12 comments »

It’s Tommy again. The latest update is looking better. The house and shop are still there and the yard seems untouched. My dad was able to go see the house briefly and he said things are looking fine. The latest news report shows the wind dying down and headed east which is good news for my parents. They’re still stuck at the High School gym, but at least they know that they still have a home. It’s starting to look up.

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Part 8: Almost home (Tommy again)

10-26-2007 07:21 PM by Myron Wooley | 7 comments »

Well, it’s looking like my parents should be able to return home tomorrow. They were hoping for today, but it’s sounding like that probably won’t happen. There’s still a few hot spots in the canyon behind their house and they’re concerned about it coming back up again like it did last time. My dad is going to drive up to the house later today and check things out. If the smoke is down enough and the area looks safe then they might be able to return today, but ...

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Part 9: Home Again! Yay!

10-27-2007 03:40 AM by Myron Wooley | 9 comments »

Well, we were finally cleared to come home today. We are tired, dirty, and even a little apprehensive, but we will sleep in our own beds tonight. There are tree limbs scattered about, and one live oak tree blew over. The smell of burnt wildlands is everywhere, and the National Guard is camped across the street for security. A few notes from the experience: The volunteers from the American Red Cross are the sweetest, most caring, generous, compassionate people I have ever met. They...

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Part 10: We came through just fine!

10-29-2007 08:28 AM by Myron Wooley | 10 comments »

Well, we’ve been home two days now, and it has been strange. The smoke smell is strongest in the morning, with the cool air just sitting there. I wore a respirator outside yesterday, but today is much better. I put HEPA filters in our vacuum cleaners and cleaned the carpet and upholstery today, and started to put things back where they belong. I got our 2 pygmy goats back yesterday. They seem happy to be home, as do the rest of the animals. The National Guard packed up and lef...

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