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retired from the fire
service some neighbors would come to me and ask me for some advice on
protect their property and I would tell them I only had one thing to
Iím only going to give you one piece of advice, and that is when you
protection, fire protection for your home and your family, do it with
thought in mind, the fire service, the fire department doesnít exist,
not going to come."
house for a little while and the fires
come through like every year down there and there has always been fire
and CDF, they always come down, we waited for light to come and hoping
planes would come and they never did.
it wasnít for our neighbors and the community I think it would have
much more tragic than it did.
to find out that I guess the main fire missed our house and at like
in the afternoon I had reports my house was still standing and just
backfires set in and it took the house out"
with my neighbor, grabbed my hose, and I have a pretty good pressure
out of my
hose, fought her fire.
The fire line
came up to our house within ten feet and then when we were there we
putting out the rest of the fire.
Thereís lots of embers and lots of structures still on fire at
It was a new
home there were no vents on the east side of the house.
The eves were entirely stucco, tile roof, I
had the vents in the roof plugged on the east side of the house in case
gases got into that house from the windward side of the house, I grew
groundcover which worked, it got singed but itís still there, itís
fire did not reach my house... I
was there to see my house with the roof on fire totally intact so the
not burn the house... I had quarter inch tempered glass windows
fire side of the house.
Iíve grown up in
California, I know what Santa Ana winds are, I know what fires are..."
this was probably around midnight or after, one
firemen came up and says, ďyou have to evacuate right now,Ē and I was
hosing things down knowing it was kind of futile and I said, ďwell Iím
to hold on until we get some fire trucks up hereĒ and he said, ďthere
going to be any fire trucks."
rushing up to this gate and it was locked, needless to say on the other
the gate were two cars, one was a woman with four children in it crying
eyes out because they couldnít get through the gate, it was locked,
was another car with some friends in another home so it was two
and they were just stopped."
- "By 1:30 the fire crested that
mountain and came down the side of the
mountain. I was standing there in
flat-footed amazement with my mouth hanging open because it burned from
to the bottom in ninety seconds flat, it was the most incredible thing
ever seen. At that point we said okay,
weíre out of here, weíre not waiting for anybody to tell us."