- Some coastal communities in the Canadian west coast that are vulnerable to tsunamis have set up a rather low-tech means of alerting the population of an impending tidal wave: a siren.
- The United States has the most sophisticated means of communication in the world, and yet people living in areas prone to wildfires go to sleep at night not knowing whether they will awake when it's too late and the fire is at their door.
- That is what happened to a large number of people in California, caught completely unawares as rapidly moving wildfires engulfed their homes and their lives.
- At the time of posting this article the number of fatalities is 23 but it's expected to rise dramatically. The number of unaccounted for is in the hundreds. Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes. An additional heartbreak is the number of animals that panicked people left behind to burn and die.
- We can never be fully prepared for all eventualities. There were instances when people fleeing in their vehicles found that one escape route after another was blocked by fire.
- What makes the following images so eerie is the fairy tale nature of many of those luxurious homes, once a dream come true for families and retirees. The horror of this fire is how it is now devouring those beautiful dreams, sometimes along with the people who built them.
The incongruent contrast of Disneyland - the Happiest Place on Earth - and the ominous orange and smoky sky of out-of-control wildfires in nearby areas.
Do you recognize this adorable, albeit slightly charred face? The photo, which was posted to Facebook on Oct. 9 by the Sonoma Humane Society, has gone viral with over 11,650 shares to date. A message about the cat, lost during the North Bay fires, indicates the sweet survivor with the singed whiskers was found underneath a car. He is microchipped and in the Humane Society’s care until an owner comes forward.
UPDATE OCTOBER 13:
Breitbart News: As the situation worsens ... Criticism is beginning to boil that local safety officials gave no warning of the coming fires, resulting in panicked residents who smelled the smoke and realized that flames were approaching. Sonoma County officials made land-line phone calls but did not use the wireless emergency alert for cellphones, like the Amber Alerts for missing children. Officials claim that they did not want to issue broad evacuation alerts that would panic residents and snarl traffic, preventing access for emergency vehicles.
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Coffey Park, on the outskirts of Santa Rosa.
Coffey Park. The defiant flag was still there when this photo was taken.
Many firefighters have lost their homes too.
Firefighters hose down a burning tree as powerful winds continue to spread the fire
A three-garage home in Napa.
A map of the fires a few days ago. The location of fires is changing constantly.
The town of Glen Ellen - like a war zone.
A Santa Rosa neighborhood.
The Santa Rosa Hilton, as it is being destroyed by the flames.
Heartbreaking: survivors trying to find something, anything at all, in the rubble of what once was their home.
All they have is each other. Michael Pond, left, looks through ashes as his wife Kristine, center, gets a hug from Zack Thurston, their daughter's boyfriend, while they search the remains of their home destroyed by fires in Santa Rosa
The capricious nature of fires: Some homes appear to be intact in the background.
A Santa Rosa home.
Here only the Santa Rosa house chimney remains.
Hills east of Napa.
A tragic end to a beautiful love story. Sara and Charles Rippey, 99- and 100-years-old respectively. The couple had been married for 75 years and died together when their home north of Napa caught fire.
A home in Anaheim Hills.
October 13 - Update - Situation worsens
CALIFORNIA DEADLY WILDFIRES AND THE HEROIC FIREFIGHTERS - ALL MEN
- We're still waiting for feminists to demand an equal share of these jobs
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