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X002548
Not Just a Number

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Posted - 10/23/2007 :  13:23:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And it looks like SD is getting hard hit

The NFL Chargers Stadium Parking lot is being used as Emergency Staging Area

They Don't know if they can play their game Sunday

Tara, what's an insiders perspective

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tkizer
Almighty SQL Goddess

USA
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Posted - 10/23/2007 :  13:35:36  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
North, south, and east parts of the county are on fire. Over 500 homes have been destroyed. 300,000 people have been evacuated so far and more to come especially when the Santa Ana winds pick up again. Temperatures are high and humidity is dangerously low. I believe there's been one death so far and a lot of injuries including firefighters.

I'm in the central area and haven't been impacted.

Air quality is poor to unhealthy everywhere. All schools are closed including universities and colleges. Freeways have been shutdown, reopened, shutdown, reopened.

I thought the Cedar Fire from 4 years ago was horrible, but this one is worse. This one is the worst in California history apparently. The Cedar fire came within 4 miles of where I was living. This fire is quite a few miles away from our house but it's just decimating other areas.

I've been stuck at home since yesterday. They don't want us to drive into work due to the dangerous situation. I'm not sure when we can head back into work as the air quality will be very poor. My work site is very near the "Witch Creek Fire" which has hit eastern and northern parts of the county. I'll work from home until I know air quality is good in there.

We are considering moving our systems to the DR site.

Tara Kizer
Microsoft MVP for Windows Server System - SQL Server
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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22859 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2007 :  13:42:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Blimey I'll say a prayer that you-and-yours stay safe.

Kristen
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eyechart
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

USA
3575 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2007 :  15:06:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
more than 1000 houses burned now. I have had to evacuate my parents from their home. I have also heard that there are more than 500,000 people who have had to evacuate, but I don't know how accurate that figure is. today seems better than yesterday as far as the winds go, so hopefully the firefighters can get some containment today.



-ec
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Zoroaster
Aged Yak Warrior

USA
702 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2007 :  15:22:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like California and would love to live there but with earthquakes and forest fires it must be frightening. We don't have anything like that in Georgia(except the occasional tropical storm). Hopefully the weather will change for the better over there so the fire doesn't get any worse.




Future guru in the making.
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tkizer
Almighty SQL Goddess

USA
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Posted - 10/23/2007 :  15:38:45  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Earthquakes are extremely rare here. Even when we experience one, no one feels it and there is no damage.

Tara Kizer
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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
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Posted - 10/23/2007 :  15:40:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This time of the year always catches me out, "internationally-wise"

In the UK we are shutting down for the Winter. Its dark by 6PM, and not really light at 7AM and in a week's time we will put the clocks back so it will be dark by 5PM.

The weather is kinda cold and gray. Not really properly cold, but damp and a bit miserable, so my body has already decided to switch to Winter-mode. That means that I feel the need to put the central heating on, even though the temperature is not very cold [but the dampness is relatively high].

Anyway, it always surprises me when the USA gets a mega-hurricane or rampaging-forest-fire at this time of the year because it seems to me that the Sea should be cold already, and the dampness here must mean that forests won't burn anywhere in the Northern hemisphere.

Very insular us English!

Kristen
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tkizer
Almighty SQL Goddess

USA
38200 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2007 :  15:49:22  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's about 90 degrees where I live right now. This is very atypical for October in San Diego. We are currently in a drought.

I wouldn't call this a forest fire. It's been burning on dry brush, houses, buildings, ... For the most part, the fire is away from our forests.

Tara Kizer
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dinakar
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

USA
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Posted - 10/23/2007 :  16:42:40  Show Profile  Visit dinakar's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The fires are about 4-5 mi from where I live.. I call my apartment folks during lunch just to see if there are any evacuation instructions so I can quickly run and get my stuff out.. I dont think such a situation will arise, though. The most horrible thing is the ash falling. If you wear a white shirt/tshirt and get on the street for a few minutes you can see the color change..

Tara

Moving the DR systems would probably be a good idea.. not from fire but from loss of power perspective. We are considering a swing to our DR site too. And, be safe.

Dinakar Nethi
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tkizer
Almighty SQL Goddess

USA
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Posted - 10/23/2007 :  16:56:44  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We have our own power, so the production systems wouldn't be impacted by any power outages. I believe we can run on our own for about 2 days.

We've been having 2 conferences calls per day to discuss the fires and the possibility of moving our systems to the DR site. So far management has decided against it. Our primary site is South of where the fires are and also south of any evacuation areas.

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eyechart
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

USA
3575 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2007 :  22:26:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
here is a google map of the fires

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=114250687465160386813.00043d08ac31fe3357571



-ec


EDIT:
fixed the link

Edited by - eyechart on 10/23/2007 22:26:27
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SwePeso
Patron Saint of Lost Yaks

Sweden
30421 Posts

Posted - 10/24/2007 :  02:25:13  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Satellite picture (courtesy of NASA)
http://gfx.aftonbladet.se/multimedia/archive/00438/nasa2_438188w.jpg

Shuttle video
http://mfile.akamai.com/18566/wmv/etouchsyst2.download.akamai.com/18355/wm.nasa-global/STS-120/california_fires.asx



E 12°55'05.25"
N 56°04'39.16"

Edited by - SwePeso on 10/24/2007 02:34:31
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Haywood
Posting Yak Master

USA
221 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2007 :  12:54:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today is at least a better day... lots of folks are getting to go home (except my wife & I) which is great. It looks like we might be displaced still today. We live in the south of Ramona known as the Country Estates and there is no water in the lines. Ramona is a remote little town that only has one main water line in from another city (Poway). When the pumping stations in Ramona lost power, the lines were drained by sprinkler systems and et. al. that were left on by evacuees that still had power in certain neighborhoods. Generators arrived late yesterday and have been re-filling and re-pressurizing the lines. Hoppefully wet can get back in at some point today.

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tkizer
Almighty SQL Goddess

USA
38200 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2007 :  12:57:10  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Haywood, have you heard if your house is okay?

Tara Kizer
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Haywood
Posting Yak Master

USA
221 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2007 :  13:03:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, our housee is still standing. Thank you for asking and your concern.

A co-worker that lives in the neighborhood (and who's father-in-law is a retired firechief) stayed and gave us a direct report of the house on Tuesday - they were staying three streets down from ours. At this point, we just want to get home and start the cleanup effort. I know that the pool is going to be a mess - it took me four months to get it clean enough to use last time this happened four years ago...bleh.

We've been very fortunate to be spared a second time.
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tkizer
Almighty SQL Goddess

USA
38200 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2007 :  13:07:21  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That's great to hear.

Poway and Rancho Bernardo got hit hard with house losses. South County isn't looking too good either.

I'm in San Carlos (east of Mission Valley, west of Santee, north of La Mesa, south of 52 freeway), so I'm in that large Central area that wasn't affected. It came dangerously close to us during the Cedar Fire though.

Tara Kizer
Microsoft MVP for Windows Server System - SQL Server
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Haywood
Posting Yak Master

USA
221 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2007 :  13:17:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It was quite a relief, going two to three days without any knowledge of the status of your home is a nightmare...
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X002548
Not Just a Number

15586 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2007 :  12:49:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So you want to live in paradise?

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/28/us/28threat.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5087&em&en=b91ae45f10aad48d&ex=1193803200

Go Bolts



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tkizer
Almighty SQL Goddess

USA
38200 Posts

Posted - 10/31/2007 :  14:28:46  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I haven't seen anything charred in the areas that I frequent. Paradise is still intact for me.

Tara Kizer
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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22859 Posts

Posted - 11/01/2007 :  08:17:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"Paradise is still intact for me"

I love it when all the pigs are fed and ready to fly!!
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X002548
Not Just a Number

15586 Posts

Posted - 11/01/2007 :  09:59:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kristen

"Paradise is still intact for me"

I love it when all the pigs are fed and ready to fly!!



que pasta?



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