There is a huge fire close to where i live!!

@Sissygrl (10914)
Canada
April 30, 2009 7:39pm CST
so this fire is far enough away i dont think I have to worry, but there are a lot of people being evacuated, and leaving their houses just in the nick of time.. The fire is uncontrolled and unpredictable because of dry weather and high winds.. We had a hurricane 5 years ago now, and the province never bothered to clean up the fallen trees so all that dead wood is burning.. you can see smoke from really far away.. my husband has a two hour walk to work when he walks, and he can see the smoke and some shooting flames from there.. Here is teh news story: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2009/04/30/ns-fire-halifax.html Have you ever had anything hit close to home like this ? was everyone okay ? From what the news on the tv says, everyone is okay so far, but more then 10 houses have been destroyed..
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@sconibear (8011)
• United States
1 May 09
UUUUUUUGH!!! sorry Sissy,,,,,,,,i had to make and eat dinner........i'm on my way.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
1 May 09
really though.. where were you?? you were supposed to be on the job at all times. after all only YOU can prevent forest fires!! this one is so outta control!! i think its outta your hands now smokey.. unless you wanna do a rain dance and help us out ;)
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@sconibear (8011)
• United States
1 May 09
no worries Sissy..........i drank LOTS of water.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
1 May 09
lol well let er rip bear!! the hundred or so fire fighters could use your help.. it started to rain now i think they have it undercontrol, but i'm relying on other peoples rendition of the news because my child is watching tv while the other sleeps.. only way to keep her quiet.
• Canada
1 May 09
Yes it happened to me a few years ago. One night I was about to leave for work when I saw on tv that a meat packing plant down the street was in flames. I walked out the door into a night full of chocking smoke. http://www.thestar.com/article/116597 This was less than 1km from my house. It burned all night, was put out and flared up again the next day. The area was evacuated and everyone else surrounding the area was advised to stay inside with the doors and windows closed. It was horrible, I've been by the building since then and it's still a burned out shell, but I think people still work there. They have never repaired the place.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
1 May 09
same thing happened to these people, the fire just snuck up on them. and the fire started wed and they thought they had put it out and it smoldered all night and came back with vengence on thurs. . it burned all night last night and they are fighting it still this morning now.. i am hearing the water bombers since 6 am
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• Canada
1 May 09
The news has spread this way, I'm hearing on tv that it's an uncontrolled wild fire and that 450 homes have been evacuated. Yikes, we expect wild fires in California, not in Canada, at least not this bad.
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@kellyt82 (204)
• United States
1 May 09
Stay safe! I have been evacuated from my house 3 times in the past couple of months because there were fires close to my home. I live in Florida, and we are in the middle of a drought. I am sure this is not the last of the fires. And then we get hurricane season!
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@kellyt82 (204)
• United States
1 May 09
The only good thing I can say about hurricane season, is hopefully we will get some rain. This drought business is crazy.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
1 May 09
That's horrible news, sissy! I pray that you stay safe and that no more homes are destroyed. It has never happened to me, although there was a HUGE, 8-alarm fire up a block from where I owned a home once. The fire trucks were parked in a 3-block area and 9 homes were burned. That was pretty scary! It's always a good idea to have an emergency plan for things like this... what would you grab if you had to get out in a matter of minutes? I feel so helpless when I hear news like this. Here, where we live, we've had over 6 inches of rain already this month and it's still raining, while places where these wildfires are burning out of control desperately need the rain. I wish I could send it there! Be safe!
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
1 May 09
yes please mental send us some rain! its supposed to rain this morning soemtime, we are all hoping it starts sooner then later. first time ever i've wished for rain in my life!
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
1 May 09
Hey Sissy! That is really scary for you! Just keep watching the news and listening to what they tell you to do! Just make sure that you and your kids are going to be safe! If they tell you that you need to get out of there, which I doubt just be ready! I know that this is a very scary thing to have to think about! One day firemen rang by doorbell telling me that I might have to evacuate my apartment because the basement apartment might have a gas leak! Well, I just froze! Thankfully, I didn't have to go anywhere because I was just so in shock that I couldn't move anyway! Now you don't want to react like I did! So please just stay alert! You have children to worry about!
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
1 May 09
I was wondering if i should pack some bags just in case.. but i'm thinking that its far enough away.. ishouldnt have to worry.. maybe i will give my mom a call soon and see what she thinks.. she lives just up the street. so she will know what to do.. she's mom.
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@moneymommy (3419)
• United States
1 May 09
Wow that looks pretty bad hope your are safe and your home stays safe.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
1 May 09
thanks moneymommy, I think we are far enough away.. but i sure can smell the smoke in the air with the window open..
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
1 May 09
I hope that you will be OK Sissy. Maybe your fire breathing avatar can blow the flames away if they approach your house! I have never been in a fire or a flood. I was close by when 10 Downing Street was mortared by the IRA a few years ago.
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@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
1 May 09
Keep a close eye on it and stay safe. It is sad when they cannot get them under control. Good luck to you and let us know how it turns out.
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@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
1 May 09
Hope things will be ok. We had an earthquake here a few years ago. And we are in the midwest, so we get flooded with more frequency than I'd like. But we are usually ok.
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@missybear (11393)
• United States
4 May 09
How scary that must be. We live in Las Vegas Nevada and lucky for us we don't have any kinda bad weather, earthquakes, hurricanes or fires. The worst we get is some heavy winds and rain. I'm glad everything is ok.
@mummymo (23707)
1 May 09
WE live not too many miles away from an oil refinery honey and it has been in danger before with fires burning etc and it is very close to the motorway I used to have to travel on to get to work - that was scary! I do hope that everything has now calmed down and that the fire never got any closer to you! xxx
@tinonzo (67)
• Philippines
1 May 09
Hope nobody got hurt. At this period where there is an economy fall and the global pandemic going on, a fire, even in a small scale, like this one could really hurt.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
1 May 09
Just this week we had a house blow up from a natural gas leak....two of the people are in critical contition at a burn unit in St. Paul....It wasn't close to me and it happened at 3 a.m. in the morning...but the house was totaled and the neighborhood was also filled with smoke etc.....very scary!
• Canada
1 May 09
Yikes! That can always be scary when their is a fire close by. I remember when I lived in Calgary, and they used to get bush fires up in the mountains (Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, etc) we would always get the thick clouds of smoke, and the stench of the thick smoke too! Hopefully everything gets under control soon there!
@betsyhu (207)
• China
1 May 09
It's a bad news, wish you and your family are safety. From international news i have heard that many forest fires have happen in your country before. So wish your fireman can put out a fire in safety as soon as possible.
@palonghorn (5483)
• United States
1 May 09
If you can see the smoke and flames, don't let your guard down. Take it from a wildland firefighter, the fire itself can produce it's own weather, and it can turn and move at a high rate of speed. As you stated it is unpredictable. As long as there is 'fuel' and high winds, anything can happen and most times does happen. I don't want to worry you, but just keep a close eye on the news, and the fire. Good luck. And remember, material things can be replaced, lives can't.