Sh*t. This fire hits close to home.

@TheHorse (73401)
Walnut Creek, California
November 8, 2018 4:23pm CST
As I left work this early afternoon, I smelled smoke in the air. I turned on the truck radio and learned that the latest huge California fire is in Butte County. I noted that I had observed strong winds from the North while at work, so I assumed Butte County was to the North of us here. Turns out it's Northeast, and that they're evacuating folks from Paradise CA, which is where I visit my music buddy Howie, and where my current long-term girlfriend, a horse named Holly, lives. I called Howie when I got home, but could only leave a message. Please sent your thoughts, prayers, nickers, or whatever you sent, to my buddy, his girlfriend, and my girlfriend. The air quality here, 180 miles to the Southwest or Paradise, is bad enough that I'm sneezing. But I'm mostly worried about my friends.
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@cindiowens (4432)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
8 Nov
Thoughts and prayers going up.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Nov
Thank you. I should gas up my truck, but I don't think there's anything I can do right now.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
8 Nov
@TheHorse Are they evacuating where your horse friend is? Will she be able to get out? Are you being evacuated?
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
@cindiowens We're 180 miles South (and West) of the fire. But my friend and his girlfriend's horse (also my friend) are at ground zero.
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@Morleyhunt (21330)
• Canada
8 Nov
Thoughts and prayers going out. Hope your next report is that the fire is contained and almost out or is out altogether,
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Nov
I'm listening to classical music on the radio right now. I'll tune in to the news again in a bit. I still have not heard from my friend.
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@BarBaraPrz (21011)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
8 Nov
Keep us informed. (I know you will.)
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Nov
My friend was in tears when I talked to him. It sounds like they lost everything. I still don't know if my "girlfriend" got out alive.
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@BarBaraPrz (21011)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 Nov
@TheHorse Let's hope she did.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Nov
@BarBaraPrz I think she may have survived.
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@Spontaneo (1808)
• United States
11 Nov
Have you received contact yet?
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Nov
I think Holly may have survived.
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@Spontaneo (1808)
• United States
11 Nov
@TheHorse What about Howie???
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Nov
@Spontaneo Howie was out of town on assignment (he's a traveling nurse). Both he and his girlfriend are safe. Their house burned to the ground. But the guest house somehow survived. The horses (and even the chickens) survived.
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@Corbin5 (119171)
• United States
8 Nov
Sending prayers to those in that area. Read about this fire, and I know how worried you must be.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Nov
I'm going to call our mutual friend and see if he's heard anything.
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@Corbin5 (119171)
• United States
8 Nov
@TheHorse That is a good idea. I do hope you learn that they are OK, along with Holly.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Nov
@Corbin5 Thanks, Deborah.
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@vandana7 (68473)
• India
9 Nov
Sure...and I am really sorry that it is like that at your end...is California the only state that suffers such fires?
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
No, they occur in several Western states, like Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.
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@vandana7 (68473)
• India
13h
@TheHorse Where are you ..California still seems to have fire all around. Move...go to your Montana or even to DE or JJ..strong winds are forecast
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
11h
@vandana7 My cabin in Montana is surrounded by pine trees, like Howie's place. DE and JJ live in tornado country.
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@LadyDuck (181864)
• Switzerland
9 Nov
I imagine how much worried you are. Did you get news from your friend?
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
I spoke with him later in the evening. He is a nurse and was out of town on assignment. He was in tears. He said they lost everything. He doesn't even know if Holly made it out.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Nov
@LadyDuck I have since learned that Holly (and another horse that was staying with her) survived. I am so relieved.
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@LadyDuck (181864)
• Switzerland
12 Nov
@TheHorse I am so relieved to know that the horses survived, I hope they have been moved to a safer area. I feel so sorry for your friend.
@Janet357 (4796)
9 Nov
Prayers for your friends. may Jah, stop the fire before it can reach your place.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
Thank you. I live 180 miles to the South. The fire danger is high here as well.
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@Janet357 (4796)
9 Nov
@TheHorse any update on the fire?
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Nov
@Janet357 My friends lost their house, but the guest house somehow survived. The horses are safe, thank God.
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@andriaperry (60984)
• Anniston, Alabama
9 Nov
I have online friends that had to leave and they think their house is gone since when they left 2 houses were on fire on their block. Its so bad. Prayers for all the people in the fires path.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
Are these friends up near Paradise CA?
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@andriaperry (60984)
• Anniston, Alabama
9 Nov
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Nov
@andriaperry I assume they lost everything. Are they safe? Holly (my equine girlfriend) made it out!.
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@pgntwo (22748)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
8 Nov
Whoa! I've heard of San Francisco smog, but not that kind. Hope your buddies and piece of smut avoid the ravages of the sweeping flames...
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Nov
I haven't even hopped on her yet. But I have haltered her up and led her around. Also brushed her. I really do hope they have a trailer and that she's OK.
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@pgntwo (22748)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
9 Nov
@TheHorse What news overnight? (well, night here, I guess!)
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Nov
@pgntwo They left the horses behind but opened the gate. It sounds like the horses survived.
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@miketagz (8726)
• Philippines
9 Nov
Keep safe from your beloved Horse. They are sensitive from smokes and fires.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
I got word from my friend that they might not have had time to release her.
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@miketagz (8726)
• Philippines
9 Nov
@TheHorse I will give prayers to all Horses there. God Bless.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Nov
@miketagz Holly survived! They left her in her pasture, but opened the gate so she could bolt if she needed to.
@xFiacre (5680)
• Ireland
9 Nov
@thehorse Rough times. All the above requested coming your way, except the fire of course.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
I still haven't heard from my buddy. Getting worried.
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@xFiacre (5680)
• Ireland
9 Nov
@TheHorse do keep us posted.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
@xFiacre I spoke with our mutual friend, and he hasn't heard anything either.
@GardenGerty (103964)
• United States
9 Nov
We actually have a user here on the Lot from Paradise. I cannot think of her current user name. She only comes occasionally. She posted on Facebook last night and thinks that Paradise will actually no longer exist, the entire town was evacuated. She and her 90 something year old mother and her birds were staying in a hotel in Redding. Susan Crossen Hamlin is her real name. I hope Howie and Holly are okay.
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@GardenGerty (103964)
• United States
9 Nov
Well, she may not be a member here anymore. I met her here originally about ten years ago.
@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
She and I had some pleasant exchanges when she was more active here. I've noticed her absence.
@CarolDM (5726)
• United States
9 Nov
Oh my, this is so close. I hope you get good news soon.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
Thank you. I do too.
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@CarolDM (5726)
• United States
9 Nov
@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
8 Nov
It must be awful to be in the path of that fire, I hope your buddies stay safe.
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov
I'll let everyone know if I hear from them.
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@NJChicaa (47407)
• United States
8 Nov
I hope that they are all okay!
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@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Nov
I'm going to call our "pretend pa" Tom and see if he's heard anything.
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• United States
10 Nov
I hope everyone will be okay, sending good thoughts yours and their way
@TheHorse (73401)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Nov
Thank you. Both my friend and his girlfriend are OK. I am not sure about the doggies, kitties, and my girlfriend, Holly.
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• United States
10 Nov
@TheHorse That's good to hear they are okay. I hope the rest are okay too
@moffittjc (46045)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Nov
I've been out of town for the past few days playing in the NXL Paintball World Cup in Orlando, and I've been completely oblivious to the news of the world around me. Just saw this morning the news of the fires. My prayers are definitely with all the people of California. These wildfires are just crazy! Be safe out there.
• United States
10 Nov
i don't know how you californians do it.seems like something's always on fire there. i'd be out of there so fast.
@Shiva49 (14217)
• Singapore
9 Nov
My thoughts and prayers. Hope things get better soon - siva