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#1

Just a note to let everyone know that Terrie Masters lives within
about 15 miles from two of the California wildfires and she and her
family are packed and prepared to evacuate should it come to that.
Please keep her and any other Orchid members in that area in your
thoughts!

Jeanne
http://www.jeannius.com


#2
Just a note to let everyone know that Terrie Masters lives within
about 15 miles from two of the California wildfires and she and her
family are packed and prepared to evacuate should it come to that.
Please keep her and any other Orchid members in that area in your
thoughts! 

Thank you Jeanne… They just called off the mandatory evacuation
orders for my street today. Our fire is 85% contained. Yippee! Now I
can unpack the cars and put my life and studio back together. I am
happy to have that option. I had put the greyhounds, the malamute
and the cats in a shelter far away for the duration. I was waiting to
get the goats off of the property. Everyone on my street and in my
neighborhood evacuated. But hey…I couldn’t leave the goats.

Two days ago, a ranch in Malibu that I help out on once in a while
was overrun by the fires. There were sixty goats there. All but
about 6 burned alive several others had to be shot as they were too
badly burned to be saved. It was horrible. I am lucky. Please keep
Terrie and everyone else still in danger in your thoughts and
prayers.

Lisa, (the air is unbreathable) Topanga, CA USA


#3

Lisa, So relieved to let you kow that your home was saved, and that
your pets are all o.k…This has been such a tragedy. I lived through
several of those fires when I lived in Calif., and know how horrible
and fast moving they are. At one time when we lived at the foot of
Mt. Baldy, the fire came just a few hundred yards from our house.
Fortunately, the wind changed and we were saved. Hope Terrie will be
o.k.

Alma


#4

Alma, Lisa, Jeanne, et al.,

We were on evacuation alert for 4 days. House tightly shut from
smoke Sunday night through Thursday. Breathing has been difficult,
and now forced to use steroid inhalators and nasal sprays, no fun at
all.

Thankfully, the three surrounding fires did not advance to where
evacuation was necessary. Many of my friends were not that lucky. If
necessary, it would have been to an encampment on the beach, as
there was NO open escape route. The primary North South route I-5 was
shut down on Camp Pendleton, it does run through there. Amtrak also
was out of service into and out of San Diego.

Jeanne had suggested I learn to Surf, my son and both grandsons are
avid surfers. Me, I guess I could paddle.

Anyway, thanks for the positive wishes and thoughts. Now if only the
fires would go out. Containment is not expected before November 5th.
Those Santa Ana (actually in Spanish, Satan’s Winds) are projected
to return in a day or two. Oh Joy!

Hugs,
Terrie


#5

I don’t think I can handle any more Santa Ana’s they blow everything
down and even blew the leaves off my trees as well as scorched them.
S. Cal is going to be in for a rough winter if we have any rain. I
live in Ventura north of LA and we got everybody’s smoke. It was next
to impossible to work last week, I had the Hepa air cleaners going
since we couldn’t open any windows and we don’t air conditioning up
here, don’t normally need it.

Jennifer
Ventura, CA


#6

Hi Orchidian folks

Do you what its like to conduct a ‘training program’ under those
notso-great conditions? Especially when the temperature was hitting
96F and everyone was coughing their lungs out. The Santa Ana’s were
blowing up to 85MPH and for the first few days it was ‘snowing
ash’…Everyone can watch CNN but when you feel and experience those
dreadful conditons up close, you can see how we were neighbouring
those wildfires.

As I flew away on Sunday, I could still see a few fires raging out
of control in areas in the far-Eastern areas of lower Cali4nia. It
was not nice to see. Some of those out of the way fires had no roads
leading to them and the firemen couldn’t even get close to them, so
they decided to let them burn themselves out…This burning will last
till mid-month…sad to see 2,000 homes gone!

I will be back in mid-Spring…if anyone wants to have a setting
class write to Jennifer F.

Gerry!


#7

Glad to hear good news from Lisa, Terrie, and Jennifer. They are
safe, even if things are smoky. The fires in CA have been awful and
we are relieved that they are contained. Still, be careful and alert.

Judy in Kansas