Thursday, October 25, 2007

Images from the California Fires

A California Department of Forestry firefighter attempts to extinguish hot spots burning near homes on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, in Running Springs, Calif. (Photo: GETTY IMAGES/Justin Sullivan):

A firefighter fights the Poomacha fire early Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, on the La Jolla Indian Reservation, Calif. (Photo: Getty Images/Eric Thayer):

Burned homes surround an unburned home after wildfires swept through the area in San Diego County near Rancho Bernardo, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007. (Photo: AP Photo/Chris Carlson):

A San Bernardino county firefighter hoses down the remains of a burned home in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Monday, Oct. 22, 2007. (Photo: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez):

Rubble is all that is left of a million dollar home as strong, gusting winds push a wildfire through Malibu, Calif., Monday, Oct. 22, 2007. (Photo: AP Photo/Gus Ruelas):


LET'S TALK said...

Great images Divajood, thanks for sharing!

It is so dishearten to see such devastation in California such as this. I hope everything goes well and Homes and lives are put back together.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

Many of my wife's family is in the immediate fire areas. We've spent some long, weary hours, glued to the TV and clutching cell phones we hope won't ring. The devastation they describe to us when we call is unimaginable!!

WeezieLou said...

my god, i can't even imagine the loss of my home. god bless to all.

enigma4ever said...

amazing photos...I could not begin to fathom ....the ones that stump me- the ONE house admidst ALL the other charred houses...horrible...Please take care down there....and thank you for all of the updates over at Watergate Summer....everybody was appreciative and glad that you were okay...

Tina said...

This is all just so awful.
So damned awful.

But I'm soooo happy to see that you're okay, Diva.

I miss you.

Fran said...

I used to fight forest fires, so I know of the permeation of smoke & ash of which you speak. I can't imagine what it is like to lose everything- all worldly possessions all at once. But Mother Nature has that power. She can remind us we are but specks in the big picture. She makes us humble, she makes us question *why*. She also makes us stop a moment and be glad to have the most treasured things in our lives- our loved ones. Maybe she just shakes things up for us to do a reality check on what is important. For as many homes, and as huge as these fires were, very few lost their lives. I have total sympathy for those who now have to start from scratch, or fight the man, or just deal with the hardship of having to rebuild their lives.
We can already know the Feds will be late & short & screwed up. Insurance companies tend to balk, stall, and/ or bail out, and the gvmnt lets them get away with it. But out of the ash & destruction we see people opening up and being genuinely humane. We feel the pain of those who suffer, and will absolutely shine, in their own unique ways. No doubt this will be a bitch to fix, but I also think there will be a flood of kindness and compassion.

Larry said...

Revealing photos. Thanks for sharing.

Comandante Agí said...

I'm still cleaning up the ash from the fires. We were about 3 miles from the Santiago fire when it hit North Irvine. Sheez, what amazing images - I can't imagine losing everything.