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These diaries are intended to provide an up-to-date emergency information and references for our many Southern California Kossacks. Our thoughts go out to all those effected by the fire.

Please, NO PICTURES. We are trying to keep these diaries loading easily.

This is a place for emergency information and updates. It is not a place to speculate on why people live where they do, mock, gloat, or post frivolous comments. Take it elsewhere.

Local media links and emergency numbers are below the fold.

I may be gone during part of this diary's time, so please check the MotherS-CHIP for any volunteer updates.

HUGE THANKS to lineatus (and others) for the cut-n-paste links!

Please do not post pictures or frivolous comments.

The following may be helpful resources. We ask that those who are not in the immediate area refrain from calling emergency numbers or clicking through to these websites. The systems are very stressed, and we should take care not to overload them. Text messaging often works when cell phone lines are overloaded.

Emergency Info:

Today's LA Times Google map of the fires. Updating regularly

Witch Fire Google Map

San Diego County Emergency Homepage

FOX6 San Diego Wildfire and Evac Info

211 San Diego (difficult to get through - they are overwhelmed)

California Fire News

CHP Traffic Info

Santa Clarita Emergency Page

Camp Pendleton

San Bernadino Fire Info

State of California fire site (temporary - normal site overwhelmed)

State of California fire site (normal)

Phone Numbers h/t Calitics

Animal Evacuations: 818-991-0071

Arrowhead Schools 909-499-9900

Buckweed, Canyon Fire: 323-881-2411

Coronado Hills Fire: 619-590-3160

Grass Valley Fire: 909-383-5688

Harris, Rice, McCoy Fire: 619-590-3160

Irvine: 714-628-7085

Lake Forest 714-628-7085

Malibu: 310-456-2489

Orange County 800-540-8282

Ranch Fire: 626-574-5208

Riverside: 909.988.3650

Roca Fire: 951-940-6985

Santa Clarita Evacuations: 661-295-6366

Santiago Fire: 714-573-6200

Sedgewick Fire: 805-681-5546

Slide and Witch: Fire 619-590-3160

US Forest Line: 626-574-5208

San Diego Evacuation Shelters as of 10/23/07 at 3:30PM PT

o Serra Mesa Christian Fellowship, 2649 Murray Ridge Rd, San Diego

o Christian Church of Lemon Grove, 6970 San Miguel Ave, Lemon Grove

o Later Day Saints Church, 2255 Felicita Rd, Escondido

o Valley Center High School, 31322 Cole Grade Rd, Valley Center

o Escondido High School at 1535 North Broadway in Escondido

o Santana High School at 9915 Magnolia in Santee

o La Roca Comunidad Cristiana Church, 1057 Tierra Del Rey #D, Chula Vista

o New Community Church, 165 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista

o Las Flores Nazarene Church, 1400 Las Flores Dr, Carlsbad

o Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave, Carlsbad

o Carlsbad High School, 3557 Monroe, Carlsbad

o Calvary Chapel Carlsbad, 6355 Corte Del Abeto, Carlsbad

o Valley Center High School, 31322 Cole Grade Rd, Valley Center

o Casa Familiar Civic & Rec Center, 212 East Park Ave, San Ysidro

o Chula Vista High School, 820 4th Avenue, Chula Vista

o El Toro High School, 25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest

o Borrego High School, 2281 Digueno Road, Borrego Springs

o SDSU (Faculty/Students only), Peterson Gym, San Diego

o Rock Church & Academy, 2277 Rosecrans Street, San Diego


o Calvin Christian High School, Escondido

o Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Rd, San Diego

o Steele Canyon High School at 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley

o Campo Community Center at 976 Sheridan Road, Campo

Horses - from a previous thread: Fiesta Island has room for horses. Food and water are provided, but owners must stay with the horses.

Another previous thread - Evacuees in need of a safe location for their horses have the opportunity to stable them at a horse farm in the Thermal-Indio area. A private citizen, recommended by a California Department of Food & Agriculture veterinarian, has volunteered enough property, staff, food, and water resources to care for up to 1700 horses. For more information, County residents can contact Hans at (760) 399-2716

To volunteer to help: 858-306-1266

ANIMAL RESCUE NUMBERS: 760-735-0448 OR 760-789-5755

-This group will get trailers, and help rescue left behind animals.

Here is a list of local Southern California media providing coverage. (h/t va dare for links)

Calitics has some good live blogging

KNX1070 Radio (streaming coverage - covering all areas)

KLSD - 1360AM radio.



ABC Local Channel 7 (Los Angeles)

NBC San Diego Livestream

CBS 2 Firewatch/KCAL 9.

News 8/CBS 8

Verizon keeps evacuees 'connected' via free call-forwarding. For more information, visit

CNN - Watch Live (banner has link).

The Weather Channel.

Google News.

National Weather Service pages:

-NWS Southern California Overview

-NWS Southern California Fire Weather

-National Interagency Fire Center

NOAA Weather Homepage

Red Cross Disaster Services


CNN also has a page devoted to live reports including invitations for evacuees to leave messages for their families: CNN Send an I-report. E-mail:

Daily Kos is also doing a roll call. SoCal Kossacks, please check in here. If you like!

Liveblogging Schedule

Liveblog's diary This is the Mothership diary - Recommend this one.

  1. Miss Blue's diary - Liveblog Mothership I
  1. gchaucer2's diary - Liveblog II
  1. Steve Singiser's diary - Liveblog III
  1. Moody Loner's diary - Liveblog IV
  1. condoleaser's diary - Liveblog V
  1. Remembering Jello's diary - Liveblog VI
  1. va dare's diary - Liveblog VII
  1. 4freedom's diary - Liveblog VIII
  1. Marcus Tullius's diary - Liveblog IX
  1. joanneleon's diary - Liveblog X
  1. brklyngrl's diary - Liveblog XI
  1. SallyCat's diary - Liveblog XII
  1. Karen Wehrstein's diary - Liveblog XIII
  1. Lychee's diary - Liveblog XIV
  1. jancw's diary - Liveblog XV
  1. gchaucer2's diary - Liveblog XVI
  1. gizmo 59's diary - Liveblog XVII
  1. TheMomCat's diary - Liveblog XVIII
  1. pucklady's diary - Liveblog XIX
  1. Remembering Jello's diary - Liveblog XX
  1. Ninepatch's diary - Liveblog XXI
  1. condoleaser's diary - Liveblog XXII (hello!)
  1. Karen Wehrstein's diary - Liveblog XXIII
  1. Pluto's diary - Liveblog XXIV
  1. Over the Edge's diary - Liveblog XXV
  1. jeremybloom's diary - Liveblog XXVI
  1. creeper's diary - Liveblog XXVII
  1. Moody Loner's diary - Liveblog XXVIII
  1. khloemi's diary - Liveblog XXIX
  1. CatfishBlue's diary - Liveblog XXX
  1. madhaus's diary - Liveblog XXXI

Links to donate

American Red Cross

San Diego Humane Society

San Diego Foundation (619) 235-2300

Local Donations (Supplies)

Community Resource Center – Encinitas

650 Second St


9am – 5pm

Needs: toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash; non-perishable food, such as canned goods, breakfast bars, juice boxes and bottled water; blankets, towels and pillows. (h/t to Thebes)

New Song Community Church – Oceanside

3985 Mission Avenue


Needs: Bedding, cots, toiletries, baby formula, nonperishable foods including chips, drinks and other items. (h/t to noweasels)

Mission Bay Park – thru 7:30pm

Supplied to be distributed to Qualcomm Stadium and Del Mar Fairgrounds

Needs: blankets, flashlights, batteries, cots, sleeping bags, tents, hygiene products, canned goods, bottled water and money. (h/t to Thebes)

Evacuation Tips from an earlier post

If you have time to pack - what to bring:

-Important documents (Social Sec cards, birth certificates, passports)

-Legal & financial records (Deeds, wills, bank info, insurance papers)

-Address book

-Irreplaceable items (photographs, heirlooms)

-Clothing & toiletries


-Radio & flashlight

-Linens, towels

-Laptop,if you have one

-Cell phone, camera (and chargers)

SDG&E asks that you do NOT turn off your gas when you leave unless you smell gas.

Lock up your house - they were some issues with looting during the Cedar Fire evacuations

ADDITIONAL INFO FOR ANIMALS from previous comment threads:

Tips for evacuating animals (via kck) -

From San Diego Humane Society (via kck) -

For horses (via Miss Blue) -

Please use the first comment to post updates. Responses to the first comment should be updates only.

Word has come from the Mothership - no requests for liveblog volunteers at this point (volunteers had been signing up under the second comment). If needed, requests for volunteers will resume in the morning.

      CLEAN-UP INFO:    

Ash deposited on indoor and outdoor surfaces near the fire is relatively non-toxic and is similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace.  However, any ash:

   *may be irritating to the skin, especially sensitive skin
   *will contain small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals
   *can be irritating to the nose and throat if breathed, and may cause coughing
   *may trigger asthmatic attacks in people who already have asthma.

   In order to avoid possible health problems, the following is recommended:

   •Do not allow children to play in the ash or with unwashed toys.
   •Clean ash off house pets.
   •Wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants to avoid skin contact.
   •If you do get ash on your skin, wash it off as soon as possible.
   •Rinse homegrown fruit or vegetables thoroughly before eating them.
   •Avoid disseminating ash into the air; do not use leaf blowers or non-HEPA filter vacuums.
   •Wear well-fitting dust masks; those rated N-95 or P-100 provide better protection than simple dust or surgical masks (persons with heart or lung disease should consult a physician before using a mask).
   •Gentle sweeping of indoor and outdoor hard surfaces followed by wet mopping is usually best.
   •A damp cloth or wet mop may be all that is needed on lightly dusted areas; if ash is wet down, use as little water as possible
   •The Regional Water Control Quality Board asks that you avoid washing ash into storm drains if possible.
   •Collected ash may be disposed of in your regular trash collection.  Ash may be stored in plastic bags or other containers that will prevent it from being disturbed.

   Ash and any debris inside burned structures may contain more toxic substances than forest fire ash because of the many synthetic and other materials present in buildings, requiring a cautious approach.  Older buildings in particular may contain asbestos and lead.

I hope I, and you, dear reader,  never need a liveblog like this. For those of you who do, I wish you safety, health and strength. All our thoughts are with you.

Originally posted to condoleaser on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 09:11 AM PDT.

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