Saturday, November 15, 2008

Firestorm

I have received emails from blogger friends from different parts of the globe inquiring about my situation here regarding the firestorm. The news has gone world wide as this wildfires have spread in 4 counties here in Southern California. As I watched the news on TV it seems I am seeing a war zone where there are fires in every other house in every block of an area. The winds at 75 miles per hour are fanning the fire, making it more difficult for the firefighters to battle this conflagration.

One of the fires is about 18 - 20 miles from my home, and situated almost the same place as last month. As I watched the TV news this morning, I see smoke coming from behind the hills. After lunch flames have jumped the ridge of the hill. It was spreading slowly, not as fast as in the other areas behind the hill. The freeways were closed to traffic earlier in the day. It was opened to commuters in the early evening.


We are keeping an eye on the fire tonight. Hopefully, the cooler temperature will help the firefighters contain it by tomorrow. Hundreds of homes have been razed to the ground. That is so sad. They have lost their homes and possessions they have accumulated over the years. Still at this time, some unscrupulous people took advantage of the situation and looted some of the homes that were vacated by the homeowners. Fortunately, they were apprehended and detained by the police officers.

The blaze at the top of the hill.

I would like to thank those who emailed expressing their concern for my safety, and my family's. As of now we are intact, but keeping an eye on the hill, hoping it will not come this way. We are praying it will be contained soon.


19 comments:

lady cess said...

my gosh! i will continue to pray for you and your family's safety. and my heart goes out to the fire victims. God bless them.

Nance said...

I'm glad to hear that you are so far ok ... we'll pray that it will stay that way. I am following this in the news...gave me funny feeling just seeing those raging fires. ingats lang kayo dyan ha?

niar said...

Hi Mary I pray and hope in order you always get a safety and serenity.
hope this accident will be recovery soon...keep prayer.
anyway where's the wild fire come from? Is it from war zones?

Gina said...

We hope and pray that the fires will be contained soon . So much devastation and it is scary and sad. We pray for all those affected.

ev said...

while a new strong typhoon brought horror too here in the Philippines and with what happen to your place.. am with you in prayer mari.

thank God you're ok!take care always.

Photo Cache said...

Its really sad that yearly the state of california has to endure fires. I am glad that youre safe.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

I'm one of those glad to know that you are fine there. I was watching the news. That is really terrible.

Eel Wind said...

you live near in california? sorry to hear about it...i pray that everything will be fine there. There are too many natural disasters going on in this world.

Mari said...

Thank you all for your prayers. It worked! Most of the fires are now contained. The one on the hill went out yesterday afternoon, and my little community was saved. We all breathe a sigh of relief.

Thanks again everyone.

mari

Nona said...

Glad to hear that you and your family are safe Mari. Nakakatakot, I'll include you on my prayers. Ingat kayo, I am praying that the fire would be contained soon. My sympathy to those who are affected :(

Femin Susan said...

Hi,
Your blog is sparkling. It has a great appeal. How where to able to cope such a lot and it is too good for words. Great blog....

Dennis Villegas said...

I was thinking and praying for you when I heard the news in CNN. I'm very glad that you are okay...and I'm still hoping this terrible fire would be over soon. God bless, Mari.

Mari said...

nona and dennis,
The fires are now 99.99% contained. The government is helping those who have lost their homes. Red Cross is finding homes for the victims; and private citizens are donating food and clothing. Americans are very generous, they are always ready to help disaster victims.

Thank you both for caring. I appreciate it very much.

mari


Femin Susan,
Thank you for your nice compliment.

dodong flores said...

Hi, Mari...

I hope all is well with you...

Glad the fire is already contained...

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

hi mari,

i included in my prayers, too.

sigi, ingat ka rin dyan.

God bless

regards

ann said...

Everytime na makikita ko sa news na may fire na naman sa California ikaw agad naiisip ko.

Mari said...

dodong,
All is well.

Thanks.


vicki,
Maraming salamat.

Have a blessed day.


ann,
It's heartwarming to know that you care.

Maraming salamat.

Sexy Mom said...

you are so blessed, that you are kept away from harm. take care always and super God bless

Mari said...

sexy mom,
I will, and thanks.