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    i sure hope her house makes it with no fire...

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    Praying for everyone in the path of these fires...hope it stops soon

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    no news since yesterday from daughter... arghhh

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    Will keep on with the prayers and hugs to you and family.

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    Oh this whole situation down there is so heartwrenching! Prays have been going out for all of the residents of that terrible fire area.

    I am just glad she is alright. That is the most important thing.

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    I don't think the NYC news broadcasts have covered this story, or at any rate I haven't seen anything about it. PLEASE give follow-up here as well as the general chit-chat board. Many people will be anxious to see how they fared. Praying it all works out ---

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    OK, I'll update you here.... if my daughter ever takes 2 minutes to call her worried mom and update me!

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    As of 4 hrs ago, they say the fire is 30% contained and many of the 30,000 people that were evacuated can start to return home!!!!!

    Still praying!!!

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    I can't even imagine the fear and desperation....my prayers are with everyone in the path of this thing. last I heard over 100 homes down, just to sad!

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    Just heard (finally) a story on the NY news about the fires, and it sounds like good news. Supposedly evacuation orders have been lifted. Hope that's true and all will be able to return to their homes safely. When she calls pls let us know.

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    My daughter finally checked in with us. Unfortunately, I don't have answers to all my questions because she called her dad at work this afternoon knowing I was probably asleep for my daily long nap. What he did get though, is that she is ok. Her business is still there, but vandalized already; their brand new, classy, very expensive sign was stolen. Why would someone want a business sign? I hope she took a photo of it before she left for her conference. Sadly, she is not allowed anywhere near her home so she's still scared about it's outcome. She is staying with her friend who had her dog and car. There's no room for us there or at any motel but we can stay at my cousin's about 2hrs away if she wants us to come help clean up or something. I barely clean my own house these days but there are probably small tasks I can do. She said she will call us on Monday; hopefully she will know everything by then. DH didn't think to ask about her asthma in the smoke-filled air.

    The temperature is more mild and the winds are less which are helping the firefighters.
    Although improving from the 10% containment to 30% now, it still is very bad. The official guess is this won't be considered controlled until May 13th. Hopefully, her house is safe and continues to remain so.

    I will update you again on Monday. Maybe Vanessa will call me tomorrow, if in all the chaos she remembers it is Mother's Day. I sure understand if she doesn't, except that knowing her, she will be so upset with herself later.

    Thank you again for all your prayers and concern,

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    Thanks for the update . I for the life of me can't figure out why disasters bring out the mean and evil in people. Stealing her sign ? Like you said Why ??? But if that is the worst it can be dealt with . Still praying her house is ok.
    Sharon

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    update....
    Vanessa, back in Santa Barbara, was finally allowed to go see her house. It took over 2 hours to go the 15min drive because for fear of rock slides (no foliage left to hold them up on the hill), authorities are escorting only 10 cars at a time. Vanessa and her neighbors passed devastation, but their houses are OK! They were told to gather as much as they can in case rock slides do happen and they cannot return for awhile. So, she grabbed her violin, quilt, and clothes and returned to her friend's. As far as her business, that sign was stolen and graffitti painted but it's ok inside. They will decide by tomorrow pm whether or not to cancel the open house even though it will cost them to do so. The party was to be set up in the parking lot which is covered with ash now and she doesn't want people to have to wear masks. Like my husband (as I eat humble pie), I too forgot to ask about her own health; is her asthma acting up. I hope to remember on tomorrow night's phone call.

    The fire is 55% contained now. Improving. Evacuation is lifted for many neighborhoods. Animal shelters are full, fairgrounds full of farm animals.

    Bellaboo-- I asked her why her landlord said he'd try to get only one item from the house. She said it was because he was mainly going to try to rescue her housemate's cat and as he lives next door, he was frantic about his own wife, 3 kids and pets.

    I'll report more in a couple days, as things hopefully wind down there.
    Cathy


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    It is good to hear that her home and business are ok!!! I hope they get the fire contained as planned if not sooner!!!

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    Oh, am so glad her house is ok, and that she managed to grab some of her cherished belongings. They said on the news here that the fires were easing up. Have been worried, thinking about your daughter and her husband and everyone else that is suffering. These fires are so devastating. Fingers crossed that all is back to normal soon

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    Cathy, so relieved to here that things seem to be picking up! The vandalism is awful but I guess it could have been far worse; best wishes to your daughter.

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    Thank goodness her belongings and business are okay. I'm not a bleeding heart so I think all looters should be shot in the knees on sight! Why would anyone want a sign they can't use? Mean nasty people live in this world. :evil:

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    Prayers going out for you and your daughter here. Who knows why someone would take the sign. Some people are just not nice.
    hugs!!

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    h Thank you very much for the update ! Glad her house was ok and she was able to grab some more of her more cherished items :lol: As for the landlord, I understand better now that it has been more explained. I can understand his worry for his wife and children, then probably only having limited space in the vehicle. So glad for the good news this Monday morning. Still praying it all works out.
    Sharon

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    So glad to hear that her house & business are OK! And that she got to go in & get her quilts & other things. That is rotten about the sign, but at least all the rest is intact.
    Good luck to her on her open house!

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    I am so terribly sorry for what you are going through. We will send prayers and positive energy that all will be spared.

    Know you're being thought about in Texas. Wishing you God Speed!

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    Glad your DD is ok and the house was spared. Sorry about the sign. What is the matter with people. Makes you wonder.

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    according to the link, someone so kindly posted, it seems things are getting better. Evacuations have been lifted, but it ain't over till the fat lady sings, so still saying p's, and sorry that your daughter and you and hubby, etc. have had all this anxiety. We had some fires, and every year, we have to face potential tragedy due to hurricanes.
    You never know how it feels, till it's time to grab a few things and run...where to go, how to eat, how to pay for stuff...can you even get a room? etc. how to deal, with what you leave behind.
    Life is the most important thing, and should always be top priority, but the sadness and grieving from loss of personal posessions, is underestimated. I go crazy, trying to walk thru my house and decide what I can get in trunk, with a hurricane on it's way. You feel guilt over picking and choosing, what you can and can't live without. Saw two family houses burn to the ground. It is bad to lose a lifetime of stuff. hugs to you all, quiltswithdogs.

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    On the radio this morning they were saying the the fire is 90% contained with a target of 100% containment by next Wednesday.
    Thanks to all our great fire fighters!

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    OK... now I can tell you how this story ended for my sweet daughter.
    In a nutshell, all your kind prayers worked wonderfully; her news is Great!

    She is safe, no asthma problems, her little dog is safe, it was a close call for her house, but it and her possessions ie violin, quilts, photos, car, were not damaged, her business was not damaged by fire, her housemate's cat is fine, her business partner's grandfather's big house was not reached by the fire.

    They did not cancel their Open house/ Ribbon-cutting Ceremony. Ash all over was cleaned up and guess what... their missing new business sign magically showed up in time! It turns out, the sign maker was worried about the fire reaching there so he took it for safe keeping! Even though a few of their biggest investors lost their homes and the whole county was still in flux, they had a great attendance of over 100 people! Even Girl Scouts came since she has been a big supporter. My hubby made the 8hour drive to help her. She wants Grandma and me to visit when she has time to spend with us. With my mom being 88 and my medical issues, we would have been a distracting concern for her during those days. Hubby says the people at the event told him stories about how she helped them. Nice.

    Thank you again, everybody!

    See a photo below, Cathy


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