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Fires in California … are you okay?

I am horrified to hear that a … this fire has burnt 20K acres, with over 75,000 people having to evacuate due to fires in California.

Here are the  … it's not healthy at all, folks!

For those affected, AAFA has some the tips for .

And the news reports show how quickly people might have to evacuate … so the AAFA blog post  can be a big help, too.

Have you been affected by the wildfires?

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  • Amber Says Shine

    Hi all! I'm about 20 miles from the eastern edge of the Woolsey Fire in Southern Cali. Just went to the gym and sky was hazy in the distance. By the time hubs and I left an hour later, it was visibly smoky over us and smelled of smoke (I used my weightlifting gloves to breathe thru while outside!) I saw the unhealthy AQI for our region, so we closed up all the windows this morning and I made sure I know where my N95 respirator is. I have friends who live in or very near the burning areas, some of whom have evacuated. They're all safe, as far I've heard. It's all sad and scary, without even accounting for the impact on all of us with asthma/allergies/COPD. Send all the love and good vibes to all our courageous firefighters and volunteers helping evacuees (human and aninal). Grateful for this community!

  • Kathy P

    That's really scary Amber!  I'm up north near-ish to the Camp Fire. When I was flying out if SFO yesterday, it was bad! And now my return flight has been impacted so I'm staying another day where I am. My husband has been texting me about how bad the smoke and air quality is. 

  • Amber Says Shine

    Yikes, Kathy. Wildfires cause so much damage, to people, property, nature, wildlife. That reminds me, I want to put out some water bowls for fleeing animals. I keep checking for updates and hoping firefighters can put these massive fires out soon.

  • Melissa G

    Amber, glad to hear that you and your dh are safe! 

    Kathy, uuggh, on your returning flight being delayed. 

  • LK

    Our DD lives just east of San Francisco. She texted me yesterday saying she's okay but the nearest fire is about 150 miles from her. The way fires spread that doesn't give me a whole lot of comfort!! 

    Here's a picture from her apartment window. She does wear a mask.

  • Melissa G

    Oh my Lynn! That has to be very scary for her and for you! Will be keeping her in our thoughts and prayers. 

  • Amber Says Shine

    I made some images with screenshots of the current fire perimeter for both the Woolsey Fire and Camp Fire, for those who aren't familiar with California. The top pic shows where the Camp fire is in relation to San Francisco. The bottom one shows the Woolsey fire's proximity to my home. The latter is much larger and has destroyed over 6,000 homes with 23 fatalities thus far. It is also more contained at this point, which is great news. For the Woolsey Fire, over 177 homes/structures have been destroyed, 2 fatalities, and winds expected to increase tonight through Tuesday. Firefighters are trying to hold the entire perimeter, especially the eastern edge which is trying to spread into the densely populated San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Keep sending good juju! 

  • LK

    Thanks for the maps, Amber.  It is always hard to visualize the scope and destruction of these immense fires.  We live in eastern Kansas.  There was one last year when farm, ranch and prairie lands in southern Kansas, Oklahoma and parts of Texas caught fire several years ago.  It burned over 1 million acres.  Whole ranches, farms and at least one entire county were burned to the ground.  Herds of cattle and other ranch and farm animals were caught in it too.  

  • Melissa G

    Amber, thank you so much for the images. My heart just breaks for everyone affected by the fires. 

    Wow, Lisa I had no idea that fire was that extensive. That is absolutely devastating. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Amber, Kathy and Lisa, hope your family members are kept safe throughout this — I've seen photos of the destruction, and it is gobsmacking. 

    This satellite view of California got me:

    The description from the says:

    Satellite imagery from NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System shows smoke from California's Camp and Woolsey fires on Nov. 10, 2018.

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    LK posted:

    Thanks for the maps, Amber.  It is always hard to visualize the scope and destruction of these immense fires.  We live in eastern Kansas.  There was one last year when farm, ranch and prairie lands in southern Kansas, Oklahoma and parts of Texas caught fire several years ago.  It burned over 1 million acres.  Whole ranches, farms and at least one entire county were burned to the ground.  Herds of cattle and other ranch and farm animals were caught in it too.  

    Lisa, Thanks for sharing the article–I had no idea that the fires out in Kansas were so huge!!  So devastating. 

  • Kathy P

    I saw that satellite image last night….I had lots of extra time since my flight was delayed. I think what many are not realizing us that there are fires in NorCal and SoCal. The bug Camp Fire in Butte is up near me, but there is a huge fire down near LA as well.

    Made it home finally….the air smells of smoke but not as strong as when I left on Friday. Air traffic is still impacted at least in the north because of visibility.

  • LK

    Just heard from our DD who lives near San Francisco.  She is doing student teaching and the school is closed because of all the wildfire smoke.  

    Here is the link to the AIRNow page – WOW.  Pretty bad air out there right now.

    Hope everyone in that area is doing okay!!  Keeping you in my prayers!!

  • Michael Ray

    The fires and their affect have been apocalyptic.  I know dozens of families that work in Chico but lived in Paradise that have lost everything.  EVERYTHING.  They only barely escaped with their lives and the singed clothes on their back.  Please keep those affected by the fires in mind.  Even if it's positive thoughts or prayers, any help for those who lost everything – including the loss of loved ones, helps. 

    The smoke is heavy and widespread.  You can taste it.  It permeates your clothes.  It's a struggle for all, especially asthmatics.  It seems to have settled into the Diablo Valley – Walnut Creek is dreadful; but thankfully we still have our homes and neighborhoods. 

    If you are affected by the smoke, keep your albuterol close!