The Southern California Fires

Manolo says, the Manolo has been driven to absolute distraction and despair by the fires raging in Southern California.

Thus far, the Manolo’s Malibu summer place has survived the raging fire, although the flames are said to have come within yards, before retreating.

Much more worrisome than the property, however, are fates of the Manolo’s many, many friends in Malibu and the rest of Southern California.

Earlier this afternoon, Glinda at the Teeny Manolo, who lives in Orange County, sent the Manolo this following message.

Our power has been out since 10:30pm last night, and it isn’t looking good. I’m typing this at the library. The winds here are incredibly bad, trees are knocked over everywhere and basically it is like living in a hurricane. They clocked the wind speed in the canyon we live in at 85mph. So, we are not sure when our power is going to be restored, and we may have to relocate for the night if the power is not back on soon. We’ve already probably lost all the food in our fridge. It is too hot to stay in our house, and we can’t open the windows up because ash is being blown everywhere due to all the brush fires that surround us on three sides. Fun times.

And now the Manolo must ask that his many internet friends please keep Glinda and her family, and indeed all of our many friends in Southern Calfornia, in their prayers and thoughts as this disaster continues.

9 Responses to “The Southern California Fires”

  1. Meander October 22, 2007 at 4:03 pm #

    I was going to link to something awful that CNN’s Glenn Beck said about the fires, but I think that I’ll pass on that and just give best wishes to all affected.

  2. Bridey October 22, 2007 at 5:37 pm #

    I’m in West L.A. and well out of the fire areas, though we’re seeing smoke from the Malibu fire, and it’s very bad out there, with no end in sight. There are nearly 20 active fires right now, in seven counties, driven by fierce Santa Ana winds.

    Please keep in your thoughts the courageous firefighters who are working around the clock right now, as well as those who have lost their homes.

  3. Tracy October 22, 2007 at 9:57 pm #

    Beautiful So-Cal is always in my positive thoughts, and all the people there are as well.

  4. desertwind October 23, 2007 at 12:57 am #

    Bless you, Manolo and Glinda and all our family, friends and neighbors in Southern California.

    The Santa Ana winds are strange and frightening enough even without the terrible fires.

    Out here in Joshua Tree (Mojave Desert) we always worry about wildfires, but our dangerous season is during Summer electrical storms. (Something non-Californians may not know is that the Santa Ana’s come from the direction of the desert, but heat up as they push west across the mountains and passes. Right now, we’re 30 degrees cooler than the coast.

    Be careful, Glinda.

  5. Eilish October 23, 2007 at 1:43 am #

    We live in the Inland Valley, east of Los Angeles and Orange County, but the wind and static in the air is so bad here that a local dairy farm’s hay barn caught fire and burned the whole dairy to the ground along with a fertilizer plant that was next to it. Prayers please for a friend of a friend who lived on the dairy and lost her house along with all her family’s dairy herd as well. The fire moved so fast that they could not get the animals to safety. Luckily, no people were hurt, but they have lost almost everything.

    The wind just seems ominous now. It is hard to sleep at night.

  6. Glinda October 23, 2007 at 1:55 am #

    Eilish, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend’s property and dairy herd, I could not imagine losing my livelihood in such a manner.

    And thank you to those that sent your positive thoughts, we are out of danger for the forseeable future.

    And, glad that the threatened summer home of the Manolo was also spared.

    But, so many were not. Bless the firefighters indeed, and please keep those positive thoughts coming, they are sorely needed as Southern California is not out of danger yet.

  7. raincoaster October 23, 2007 at 2:11 am #

    I was just coming to give the link to your email:
    http://teenymanolo.com/2007/10/23/glinda-and-the-fires-an-update/

  8. Monica the tiara chick October 23, 2007 at 12:56 pm #

    Meander, I support you in ignoring Glenn Beck, who is a rancid blight upon the face of journalism.

    Had to acknowledge the picture of Pepperdine – I went through Malibu Firestorm 1993 whilst studying there, and it was NOT good times!

    Blessings on Glinda, Eilish’s friend, and the many people who are suffering through this fire. And blessings on the people fighting it.

  9. enc October 23, 2007 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m in North San Diego County, and it’s eerie outside. If you step outside my front door, the only thing you can smell is smoke. Ash is coming down like snow flurries. I’m about 25 miles from the nearest fire–the one in San Marcos, and am sitting at home, glued to the news and the Internets, waiting.

    For what, I don’t know.

    I’m so sad for the people who are losing everything.