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Near Tragedy in Silverado Fire

Old 11-03-2007, 07:12 AM
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Default Near Tragedy in Silverado Fire

I received the following email the other day.

A little background: Silverado was and is under mandatory evacuation due to the wildfires in that vicinity. Nonetheless, some residents refused to evacuate. I know folks that have never experienced such an event often wonder what it must be really like - beyond what the news reports. The following came from one such resident:To: undisclosed-recipients:
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2007 12:58 PM
Subject: Re: The FIRE! (Report from inside Silverado)
In a message dated 11/1/07 10:33:03 AM, Pololo747 writes:


Just a quick note to all : After eleven days of canyon isolation due to mandatory evacuation status, the Donner Party Cookbooks are not, I repeat, not coming out, though many of us are suffering from "Canyon Fever". Of course many of the non-evacuated chickens may never be found...

With containment at only 90% due to the steepness of the terrain and therefore slow progress of the hand crews to connect that last mile of fire line before this weekends new Santa Ana's , a new problem has unfortunately raised its ugly head to additionally keep the residents out a little longer.

Yesterday, as the napalming of the last additional brushy areas inside the partial containment line failed to ignite the fuel/shrubbery satisfactorily, a bulldozer cutting a firebreak in an incredibly steep and rugged portion of the upper reaches of the Cleveland Nat. Forest, slid down a hillside and only was able to stop by digging in its rear plow teeth and lowering its blade.

When the operator climbed out on the spine of land to survey how they were going to winch his 'dozer back up the hillside, he noticed it was in a beautifully lush, verdant pot farm. Now the sheriffs are involved.

After enduring so much for the past week and a half, the forty or so residents/non-evacuees are hoping that the napalming will continue and that most will happily put up with a few more days of smoke as the last remaining pockets of "Green "are burned out. We welcome it.

Of course, the sheriffs most likely will decide to cut "brush" and burn it elsewhere, instead of allowing the Forestry Service "napalmers" to do their job "in situ", which would seem to make more sense.Well, I gotta go check wind direction and then see what munchies are left after eleven days of sharing with the dog.




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Old 11-03-2007, 08:21 AM
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Default RE: Near Tragedy in Silverado Fire

Wind direction is going to take on a whole new impetus for some people.
The line of volunteers will grow according to what they can find to tie their hair up out of the way, and whether or not they have anything other then sandals to wear.
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