More Than 100 Homes Burned In California.

@Chevee (5915)
United States
November 14, 2008 12:58pm CST
SANTA BARBARA, California (CNN) -- A wind-driven brush fire roaring through the canyons of Santa Barbara County has burned more than 100 homes, injured 13 people and charred more than 2,500 acres, a county spokeswoman said. What is with all these fires? How are they getting started? Why can't they be caught and put out before they get this bad. It is so sad to see these homes being burned down like this. People are losing lives and all their personal belonging. Have you seen the news? Here is a link to the news articles. http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/11/14/california.fires/index.html?iref=newssearch
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@lilcee (2704)
• United States
14 Nov 08
Hi Chevee. I've been watching that on the news today. That is very sad. I remember a couple of years ago when there were fires everywhere in FL. It's scary. Not to mention all the smoke. That's terrible. I hope they get them out soon.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
14 Nov 08
I remember that too.
@lilcee (2704)
• United States
14 Nov 08
I just heard that actor Christopher Lloyd's house burned down.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Nov 08
From My Neice's Apartment Deck - This is a picture that my neice took of the last California fire and it was taken from her apartment deck! She and her husband are stationed at Camp Pendleton, where the last fire took place, not on base though, but still a fire is a fire. Thank God they were able to contain it before it got to her.
Yes I heard about this and my niece is out there too alone because her husband is deployed. I was really concerned for her because she has some pictures of the last fire which came so close that she took this picture from the deck of her apartment. This one is a little more than three hours from her. After seeing where it is, I can see why they can't get it contained. The wind off the ocean is intense and there's nothing they can do about it but to keep on fighting it until they're able to contain it. This is the reason why President Bush wanted to control burn the forests, to get the areas that are the most worrisome and the environmentalists wouldn't allow it and now what do they have? An even worse of a mess.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
14 Nov 08
That is really awful I have not seen our news today although I am not sure if it would be on or not as I am in UK and they do not always report everything that happens abroad. I really feel for all these people it must be the worst thing ever and so scary, I just cannot imagine it. I had a house fire some years ago and that was bad enough, I lost my house and all my possessions in that and it was just devastating, luckily I did not lose my life.
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14 Nov 08
Hi Chevee, Not forgettting the animals and crestures in the forest, it is very sad, I think it a careless peron with ciggerettes or something, you just cannot do anything about it. Hugs. Tamara
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@hildas (3031)
14 Nov 08
That news is so sad. I wondered to how these fires where started. It must be very dry in that area for the fires to spread that quickly. You do wonder how they cannot be put out quickly, but I suppose they do there best to save homes. I think the area might be on a hillside, so it might be hard to access by the fire fighters. I hope no further damage is caused. Is it under control now?
• United States
15 Nov 08
They're saying that the major factor in the spread of this fire is the high winds - up to 70 mph this morning. Many other years, it's been mostly brush fires that destroy acres of land and forest - but I'm watching this live on television right now, and they're talking about hundreds of homes. The news reporter on the scene was talking about a trailer park with over 200 homes, where the fire spread so fast that the fire department had had to just pull out and let it burn. It's sad, and frightening in many ways, to realize that we really can't control these things.
• United States
15 Nov 08
I'm not sure about that, from what I understand about forest fires is that attempts to control them and not allow the small forest fires that are necessary for forest health causes a large build up of methane gas... hence creating large devastating fires that are impossible to control. I'm not sure of the procedures in California, one thing that we can do in general to control forest fires is actually to let them happen naturally.
@msmell (1378)
• Australia
16 Nov 08
Yes this is really bad I was just watching this on the news and they are saying that they has been what 600 house gone now.... My heart just goes out to these people, one man on the news was saying that he felt very lucky because he and his family got out a live and this was the second time that he had lost his house, he lost it back in the fires after the earthquakes in 1994 ....
• United States
15 Nov 08
I've seen the news reports of these fires and you're right, it is very sad. I don't know if this is true, but a few years back I heard or read (I don't remember which) that there is a grasslike plant that is a fire repellent, but for some reason homeowners are not allowed to grow it. If it's true and this plant does exist, I think homeowners need to lobby to get to use it, unless there's something dangerous about it.
@murderistic (2279)
• United States
15 Nov 08
I'm sure that all of these celebrities and rich people who live there have great insurance and will get everything that they lose back. And for those that don't have the money, I'm sure some celebrity will start a charity fund for them. I'm not saying that it's not sad, but at least it happened where it did.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
15 Nov 08
I've seen it on the news. It is really sad. Fires seem to happen almost ever year. Either in California or Florida. There it is usually the Everglades. Sometimes they get started by weather. Like with lightening strikes. Other times it is just careless people. It's just sad.
• Philippines
15 Nov 08
That was so sad. I hope the U.S. government could do preventive measures about wild fires. It's very hard to start all over again.
• India
15 Nov 08
i heard abt it, sad... hope cal recovers from it soon
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
15 Nov 08
i live in irvine, but santa barbara is maybe 3 hours drive.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
15 Nov 08
it is such a sad thing but i really don't understand why they keep going back for more.
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
15 Nov 08
I saw that on the news and right away I thought Oh my goodness and I thought we had problems. This is sickening it really is.
@katrhina23 (1282)
• United States
14 Nov 08
I feel sad learning about news like this. I just hope they will be able to put out the fire immediately so as not to affect a lot of houses and lives.
@samijo719 (1054)
• United States
14 Nov 08
I live in California and happens every year. They start because California is such a dry state. It is warm most of the year so alot of areas have dry grass or shrubs. They usually can't control them because they grow so fast, there is so much dry shurbbery once it's starts it grows faster than they can control it. I have seen the news and heard about it. It's sad. Every year I watch as these places are getting burned. Luckily I have never been near any of them.