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California Wildfires Show Signs of Relief

 

According to CNN:

  • the fire damage increased to 434,543 acres, said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Watch Schwarzenegger give a progress report »
  • That amounted to 679 square miles, or about 10 times the size of Washington, D.C.
  • the dry Santa Ana winds that have fanned the flames, changed direction and began blowing inland from the Pacific Ocean, increasing the humidity and easing the burden on almost 8,900 firefighters in the area.
  • The change in the weather also meant that firefighting aircraft — grounded for most of the week by the winds — could finally fly.
  • two of the fires were likely arson
  • Helicopters were back in the air over the Lake Arrowhead, California, area after all air activity had been suspended because of extremely smoky skies.
  • About 500 homes were lost in the mountainous region in San Bernardino County east of Los Angeles
  • The fires have already destroyed 1,664 structures — including 1,436 homes — and they still threaten 25,000 more, Schwarzenegger said Wednesday.
  • The cost of homes destroyed by the wildfires is likely to top $1 billion in San Diego County alone, an emergency official said.
  • Qualcomm Stadium — home to the NFL’s San Diego Chargers — housed 11,000 evacuees at the peak of the disaster, but that number dropped to 5,000 Wednesday morning.

source: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/24/fire.wildfire.ca/index.html

personal note: Wow. I wasn’t able to watch the coverage on TV today, too much homework. Those statistics alone..unbelievable. I feel so bad for all those people affected. It can’t get much then that, at least I don’t think so. They lost everything. A few battles have been won, but the war continues, so to speak. It will take a very long time for recovery from all of that. Some people argue it’s mostly a result of Global Warming. That may be true, but whatever the reason, it’s beyond devastating for those affected, and heartbreaking to read and hear about.

California Wildfires

According to the latest stats from CNN:

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  • 3,000 Marines evacuated at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego
  • Defense Department firefighting teams fighting the blazes, official says
  • President Bush is set to visit Southern California on Thursday
  • More than a half-million people evacuated in San Diego County alone
  • The blazes have charred 400,000 acres and reduced 1,300 homes — 1,000 in San Diego County — to ash.
  • The fires have killed one person and injured more than 50
  • By Tuesday night, officials had evacuated nearly 350,000 homes in San Diego County. Using U.S. Census Bureau numbers from the 2000 census, that could mean as many as 950,000 were affected by the fires.
  • In San Diego County, at least 513,000 residents had been ordered to find refuge in shelters, schools and stadiums as fires pushed into new areas.In San Diego County, at least 513,000 residents had been ordered to find refuge in shelters, schools and stadiums as fires pushed into new areas.
  • President Bush will visit the area Thursday, the White House said. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff arrived in San Diego on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Chertoff promised a different federal reaction from the one in New Orleans in 2005.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency delivered 25,000 cots early Tuesday.
  • Free newspapers were available, National Guard troops kept watch, ventriloquists and balloon artists entertained kids, and even massage therapists were trying to help the 12,000 to 15,000 evacuees relax as they fretted about the fate of their homes.
  • California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has already called up 1,500 National Guard troops, including more than 200 taken from border duty to help with supplies and security
  • Eighteen firefighters have been injured in the blazes, according to Schwarzenegger, who said Tuesday that he was "heartbroken" after touring the Lake Arrowhead area where the Grass Valley and Slide fires have burned 5,000 acres and destroyed more than 200 homes.
  • Officials said the crisis is far from over.
  • "It will not end … until it reaches the ocean or the winds turn around," San Diego Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Cartelli said Tuesday
  • source: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/23/wildfire.ca/index.html

    personal note: it goes without saying that my heart goes out to these people. My thoughts and prayers are with them. What an incredibly horrible thing to happen.

    Will The Madness Ever Stop?

                                          What am I talking about? I’m talking about the stuff called "Spyware". It’s the stuff that creeps onto your Windows-based computer, usually without your knowledge, and basically causes your computer to run slowly. Mind you, there are other reasons why a computer can run slowly, but I’m talking the kind of slow that creeps up on you, or if you leave your computer on for long lengths of time, it can happen overnight. Being that we’re in the year 2007, everyone and their dog seems to have a high-speed internet connection. We can do many things to protect ourselves against the evil things lurking on the internet, such as using Firewalls, Anti-Virus, and Anti-Spyware products. There are many available that are very effective and FREE, by the way. Anyway, I have personally experienced leaving my computer on overnight (sometimes by accident), and I do a Spyware scan, only to find dozens of the critters.

                                          Even with all the security software and protection available, for Spyware (among other things) to find their way onto our computers is beyond frustrating! Not to mention the possible hours it takes to remove them through numerous scans! Being pro-active about this is very difficult as well, as simply being connected to the internet makes the computer vulnerable! There are programs that include an "auto-protect" feature, which continually scan your computer "in the background" for Spyware and remove it. The trouble is, these scans alone can make a system run slowly, especially if it’s an older system.

                                         What’s the solution to all of this? The same solution that’s been around for years, programs that scan and remove the such pests, so there’s a solution, but it’s constant recurring solution, and takes time, and it’s not permanent. There again, tech support companies makes millions of just this scenario. If there were no Windows machines to fix or repair, that’s an industry by itself that would be destroyed. But, that’s not likely to happen any time soon, sadly.


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