California Wildfires – 3 Slide shows – most fires were a result of natural causes but sadly one was the result of arson

Thursday, October 25, 2oo7

They say pictures are worth a thousand words – here are 3 sets of slide shows that are awesome  from The New York Times web site.   No words are needed the pictures say it all.   The photographers did an incredible job on this assignment and deserve outstanding credit for their work.  It definitely was not an easy assignment to say the least.   Thanks to all who contributed and know that your work is greatly appreciated. 


A firefighter worked in Running Springs, Calif., on Tuesday as wildfires burned for a third day across Southern California.

Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press



One person was killed and four firefighters were seriously injured near San Diego, as wildfires feeding on the driest brush in years erupted across Southern California.

Photo: Reed Saxon/Associated Press



The Beaulieu family looks at a fire at the entrance of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images



Published: October 24, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 24 — Firefighters today began to assert control over wildfires that have burned through nearly 500,000 acres and displaced half a million residents over four days in Southern California.

While many fires continued to burn, especially east of San Diego, and officials warned that weather changes could reinvigorate waning flames, cooler temperatures and abating winds helped greatly reduce the threat.

Some fire officials were congratulating themselves on having avoided extensive loss of life, even setting dates for when the biggest fires might be brought under control.

But the second-guessing that comes with any natural disaster was already beginning. Questions were being raised about how the fire-fight has been coordinated, how resources have been deployed, and whether Southern California has gotten smarter after the 2003 fires that ripped the region and its psyche, or if it has just gotten lucky.

[San Diego County, the largest county in California without a fire department, relies on a hodgepodge of local departments that are almost all serving areas where populations are growing faster than their tax bases, and which are often low on funds among a constituency that is generally allergic to taxes.]

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