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Old 10-22-2017, 10:16 AM   #141
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What am I supposed to be looking at?
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:15 AM   #142
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Grape vinyard not burning at all. Straight line on where the fire stops.

When does it do that?
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Really odd way for a fire to burn.
Looks perfectly normal to me. The dry grasslands burned, like around the pond, and the vineyard that would probably have been watered from that pond, and would have been tilled, turning the dirt over with a disk type system, to kill all the weeds, would not be able to burn. Safest place to be in a fire would have been a vineyard. Unfortunately Paradise winery buildings near our house didn't make it, but their vineyards did.

So many of these homes could have been saved had folks stayed and fought the fire. I understand it takes balls to get in there and fight, but many of these homes were in open fields that were cut, and it was embers that landed from miles away that then started a tiny little fire that eventually caught the house on fire. A garden hose could have saved them.

The rules are any rural home, on a well, built today must have a 5,000 gallon water tank onsite. Many homes have swimming pools that hold upwards of 30,000 gallons. Granted my neighbor emptied his 40,000+ gallon pool, but he saved his mothers house next door. If it had gone all of our houses would have gone. We are a very small pocket of homes set inside the forest that made it, because the fight was fought. Had any one of our homes burned the entire neighborhood would have gone. Thank goodness a lie to the police got a family member in with the Water Buffalow tank or another at least 15 homes would have burned. For most of the fight the fire department was no where to be found. The Los Gatos Strike Team showed up at our house hours after they cut the water off with a water truck at the 11:59th hour (Not literally), and did help save us. from a low burning fire less than a 100ft behind our house. Once the main event was over strike teams were available to help knock down flare ups as they happened. Two days after the Torrance Strike team came in and mopped up. The rains helped even more.

"Scuba gear and a swimming pool are a good thing to have!" Owning fire proof clothing and a helmet are part of staying behind to fight the fight. Having everything set in place and ready to go in a moments notice are important too. Knowing what precious items you want to send out of the fire zone, like a ditch bag, need to be thought of ahead of time.

There are many places in the woods there is no way I would have stayed and fought the fire in though. Our own house 7 years ago would have been a run for your life situation. I cleared acres of land with some hard manual labor, cleaning dead wood 21ft into the trees, with a pole saw. Climbing many with a rope, and chainsaw, to clear dead wood higher than my pole saw would reach. Also dropped over 48 trees, and cleared acres of brush. Now I realize I didn't do enough. Our neighbors and I talked about doing some serious clearing, which is what I had been pushing to do for years. I always figured it would be a fire from the damn homeless, as they tend to lite up Fountain Grove every year with a "small" grass fire.

Our family friends house burned and it sits in the middle of two acres of mowed weeds, surrounded by more acreage of mowed weeds. Plus a dozer had dang near circled the house. Most likely a bush next to the house caught fire and burned it to the ground. With a swimming pool and a 5,000 gallon water tank, plus a generator hooked into the main panel this house should have been easily pre-watering and putting out any embers with a garden hose. Should the house caught fire, there was a swimming pool to jump into, and as you can see in the bottom photo a new structure being built that is bare wood made it. Plenty of places to ride the fire out inside a vehicle. This scenario was played out over many rural houses.
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:53 AM   #144
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That is too close for comfort, stay safe!
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:01 PM   #145
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That's crazy. A grass fire is bad, but also easy to put out. I would have stayed. It would be different if there were trees or large brush around.

That looks like they could easily afford a holding tank and a generator to run the well.

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Old 10-27-2017, 03:16 PM   #146
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Any word on the hundred of missing people? Have they registered in some kind of data base from remote places? Dont tell me they are feared dead.


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