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October 23, 2007

Witch Creek Fire Day 3

Over half a million people have now been evacuated in San Diego. There have been over 650,000 reverse 911 calls made to homes in San Diego County.

The Witch Creek Fire seems to have slowed its progress through Rancho Santa Fe. Residents are now being allowed back into the Del Mar Heights and the Torrey Pines area on the West side of the 5 Freeway. My family is still in their hotel and have not needed to move again.

The horses are in San Juan Capistrano and are doing OK. All are showing signs of stress and are being given electrolytes and other supplements to keep their vitals as close to normal as possible. My Mom's horse, Snowy, is showing signs of colic - they are giving him bran mashes with mineral oil and are debating calling a vet.

Reports from the Ramona Sentinel newspaper indicate that 20 homes have burned in the Magnolia Road area of Ramona. Magnolia becomes Black Canyon, the street that my parents live on. I'm sure that the damage is much worse the further you go down Black Canyon Road.

The Sentinel is also reporting that the Ramona Municipal Water District pumping station in Poway is now without power. This is reducing water pressure in parts of Ramona and will eventually drain the town of water if power is not restored soon. SDG&E is estimating that it will take two days to restore power. There are generators on their way to hopefully restore some power by this evening. All drinking water must be boiled for the time being in Ramona.

My Mom just received a second report that my parent's house is still standing. Good news, although no one is fully believing anything until they are standing in front of it, seeing it with their own eyes.


Posted by Ensie at October 23, 2007 11:57 AM

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Crazy. I just noticed I keep holding my breath the entire time while reading your updates on the fire situation. I'm hoping and willing and stressing that your family's abodes are still standing. You definitely let me know if there's anything I or Kevin can do to help you help them out.

Posted by: Cassioposa at October 23, 2007 12:40 PM

I hope your parents are ok. They were the first thing I thought of when I heard that Ramona was on fire. My family and I are on vacation on Maui, and our dogs were in a kennel in Bonita - well, I got a call at 6:40 this morning saying that the kennel itself burned to the ground, but the dogs were all evacuated to Coronado. It was a panicked morning, but the dogs are fine, and it looks like Chula Vista is going to be spared. Your family, horses, and all animals are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Larisa at October 23, 2007 11:02 PM

Larisa - glad to hear that you are OK. I was worried about you and your family when I heard about Chula Vista in danger. Happy to hear your pups are also safe. You and yours are also in our prayers.

Posted by: ensie at October 24, 2007 08:46 AM

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