Yeah, we have folks staying with us who got evacuated from Calabasas. It's a huge mess out there.
Posted 13 November 2018 - 07:59 PM
Posted 18 November 2018 - 08:04 AM
Just one of several stunning stories in this article:
"It was her third child, another boy, and Sanders, 35, thought her worries were over. But shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, a nurse rushed in with three other hospital staffers. A fast-moving wildfire had reached the hospital, they told her. Everyone had to go.
They put Sanders in a wheelchair, the infant in her lap. A line of patients snaked from the emergency room to the ambulance bay. Orange glowed in the digger pines, needles aflame. Time was short, so the staff began loading patients into each other’s cars.
Sanders and the hospital staffer, David, drove south as fire blitzed both sides of the road, melting the sedan’s plastic taillights. Traffic was gridlocked, prompting some people to abandon their cars on Pentz Road and run for it, fearing they would become trapped and burn to death.
As the flames roared closer, Sanders stroked Lincoln’s cheeks and made a pact with the stranger to her left.
“If it comes down to it, if you have to run, take the baby,” she said to David. “Leave me behind.”
"Mansanares grabbed his 7-year-old daughter, Tezzrah, from the lobby and buckled her into the back of his car. She was a second-grader at Achieve Charter school, and that’s where she typically would have been.
They inched along until they came to a standstill. Heat blasted the windows. Mansanares took off his sweatshirt, wrapping it around Tezzrah’s face so she wouldn’t inhale as much smoke. Officers yelled that everyone needed to get out of their cars. They were going to have to run.
“Daddy, am I going to die?” the girl asked.
He grabbed her tiny backpack, loaded with bottled water from the back seat, and collected himself. He knew he had to tell her it was going to be OK, that they were going to make it. But he didn’t know if that was true."
"[Randall's] aesthetic poll was more accurate than his political acumen"
-Tom Hawthorne, Toronto Globe and Mail
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