Creative Destruction

October 23, 2007

I Could Use A Favor Or Two

Filed under: Personal Ramblings — Off Colfax @ 12:58 am

My father’s home is in the middle of the evacuation zone for Ramona, CA. And I’m just now hearing about it. I can’t reach him on his cell phone. He’s not registered on the Red Cross’ Safe And Well website. And I’m really fucking worried. So if any of you could say a prayer, light a candle, cast a spell, sacrifice a couple of goats, have the random fluctuations of the space/time continuum move aside or whatever method you use to communicate with Who/Whatever is actually out there, I’d appreciate it. So far, there’s no reported deaths from the Witch Fire. And I’d fucking love for it to stay that way.

Houses can be rebuilt. Business can be restored.

You only get one dad.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and frantically keep checking websites until either I find out something or I pass out at the keyboard.

[EDIT: 10.23.07 1103MDT]
Well, according to this map, and if it is accurate, my dad’s house remains. Missed him by about half a mile or so, but it remains. And when I make a call to my dad’s house, hoping that he has made it back by now, the phone rings rather than a busy signal. Which is another sign of confirmation, I hope. It wasn’t quite what I was wanting to know, but any information helps when you’re worried.

Still haven’t found my dad yet, but there are still no reported fatalities from the Witch Creek Fire so it’s just a matter of time. (But when I do get in touch with him, he’s grounded for a month for making me worry like this!)

Thanks to those folks at for taking time out of an already hectic night to put together information for the rest of us. And thanks to Bruce Webster over at And Still I Persist for the on-the-spot reporting even as the flames are headed towards his own home.

My candle is still lit over here. Yet now it is for the continued safety of the people throughout my old stomping grounds. Whether it be Ramona or Devore or Lake Arrowhead or Malibu or Santa Clarita or any of the other fires in the Southland, let folks stay safe.

And that goes triple for firefighters on the lines.

[EDIT: 10.23.07 2058MDT]
Finally got the chance to talk with my dad. He is currently in the evacuation center at Mira Loma High School. And he reported to me that, even with almost a million people displaced by the firestorm, the various agencies are still on top of things. FEMA, the Red Cross, CHP, San Diego County, veterinarians, animal shelters, and all the various and sundry city and community and town governments are working together very well. Aid is right there when it is needed.

For a direct quote: “Son, this is not like Katrina.”

Keep those candles lit for the people out there, and keep those prayers going for the firefighters, both those already there and those from all around the West that continue to stream into the area. No one is fully out of this thing yet.


  1. Prayers said, my friend.

    Comment by Robert — October 23, 2007 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  2. This is Wendy from the American Red Cross (DC). I ran across your entry because you mentioned the Safe and Well site. My thoughts are with you and I hope you find your dad very soon.

    Comment by Wendy — October 23, 2007 @ 10:11 am | Reply

  3. i’ve got lots of relatives in california. the way i see it is: no news is good news.

    Comment by greywhitie — October 23, 2007 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

  4. glad you talked with your dad. you’ve got your priorities right: people first.

    Comment by greywhitie — October 24, 2007 @ 3:41 am | Reply

  5. Colfax,

    With a week to cool down, it would be interesting for you to review this post and write about the whole incident from start to finish.

    At a bird’s eye it seems like fires are a regular and almost yearly occurence in California, most of the home owners in that part of the world are not poor unemployed people who are unable to evacuate. I just don’t know. I also have the impression the media might have hyped things up.

    A post?

    BTW, good, happy to hear your dad is fine.

    Comment by Vilon — November 2, 2007 @ 10:07 am | Reply

  6. Hm. An interesting request, Vilon.

    Let me get some digging done, particularly in the media coverage, and I’ll think about figuring out a post. No guarantees, however. I have a poor track record on actually finalizing a post, particularly when issues are suddenly not as clearly defined as when I first started to ponder the topic.

    For reference, see my (lack of) posts on how to redefine the issue of illegal immigration by expanding the Diversity Lottery into the severely economically depressed regions of Central and South America, how the dividing line(s) between child and adult is an arbitrary decision based on English common law from close to four centuries ago and therefore has little basis in a 21st century reality, and how cultural views of sexuality are being redefined by the modern music industry.

    And there are many more. Those are simply the three active areas of research I am continuing and, therefore, have a greater chance to be written than the rest of them.

    So yeah. I do not have the best track record when it comes to publishing the Great Investigative Post Of Our Time. But this one, I’ll seriously consider putting into the top of the bit bucket.

    Comment by Off Colfax — November 2, 2007 @ 11:22 pm | Reply

  7. Real quick link, however.

    One interactive map produced by the San Diego Union-Tribune, with a layer indicating median home price and burn area. Interesting datum point, to be certain, particularly when one realizes that the area of major concern to the national news media was where the high-priced homes of Rancho Santa Fe were located.

    And yet, that was far from the only area affected by the seven fires that burned in the county.

    Comment by Off Colfax — November 2, 2007 @ 11:37 pm | Reply

  8. You missed the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    Your Dad’s lucky to be alive. Had I not uttered a prayer to His Noodliness, who knows what would have become of him.

    Comment by Daran — November 10, 2007 @ 1:02 am | Reply

  9. Yeah, you just keep it up, Daran. One of these days you’re going to be struck dead by an asteroid-sized meatball. The pasta-gods are not mocked.

    Comment by Tom Nolan — November 11, 2007 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

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