I just received word from Dem Daily writer Stuart O’Neill that his area in Orange County (Santiago fire) is being evacuated in the SoCal fires. Stuart’s said he heading up to the ranch where he’s living to help get the horses out and then said he will probably hang as close as he can to see what happens. Please keep a good thought for Stuart.
Here’s a list of resources for help and information on the Southern California wildfires from MSNBC:
American Red Cross: A service for evacuees to register their status and for loved ones to search for evacuees. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or go to http://disastersafe.redcross.org
American Red Cross: Information about relief efforts and resources on the California wildfires. Click this link
InciWeb: Reported incidents throughout California culled from a variety of government agencies. http://www.inciweb.org/state/5
State of California’s site for useful phone numbers, updates and news releases from the governor’s office: http://www.calfires.com
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA: http://www.sdhumane.org
Fire weather from the National Weather Service: http://fire.boi.noaa.gov
NOAAWatch page for weather, fire and other information: http://www.noaawatch.gov
CalTrans Highway Conditions: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo
Firefighting Resources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies:
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: http://www.fire.ca.gov
National Interagency Fire Center: http://www.nifc.gov
National Interagency Coordination Center: http://www.nifc.gov/news/nicc.html
National Fire News: http://www.nifc.gov/fire_info/nfn.htm
And, the L.A Times notes today, What FEMA will and won’t pay for:
President Bush’s declaration today that Southern California is in a state of emergency frees up federal dollars to help the state pay for emergency workers and efforts to protect life, health and property, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
It does not mean the government will provide financial assistance to individuals who have lost possessions in the fire.
Bush would have to declare a major disaster — which he may do — in order for the federal government to offer financial assistance to individuals, the agency said.
Bush is canceling “previously scheduled events in St. Louis” to travel to California in Thursday to meet with Gov. Schwarzenegger.
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See Calitics for a running update thread on the wildfires. I’ll have more here later…
UPDATE: Just spoke with Stuart again. He’s doing okay. He got all his important personal stuff out of his place and said he’s probably camping in his car tonight on the perimeter of the evacuation area. He’s with other folks from the area and he says they’re all making the best of it.