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21 November 2008 @ 10:35 pm

So, they caught the folks responsible for starting the Santa Barbara Tea Fire. It was a bunch of drunk kids, aged 18-20, who lit a bonfire. During hurricane-force winds, in a year where rainfall could best be described as "scant", in an area prone to wildfires.

They swear they thought they'd put it out.

(The "Montecito couple in critical condition" mentioned in the report are -- were -- Jan's tenants. They're stable now and will recover, but they're going to be residing in the hospital for several months to come. The reason they got so badly burned is long and sad and somewhat humorous in a really dark, sick kind of way, and makes me want to hit things so I shall not recount it.)

A side note on the Reverse 911 and cell phones to keep in mind: Fires throw a lot of carbon into the air in the form of smoke, and carbon can mess with cell phone signals. So even if you've got Reverse 911 set up for your cell phone, it's possible in the event of a major fire that the cell phone signal may get messed up/not get through.
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
UltraM2000 - 外国女性熱中人: negativemadsqueeble on November 22nd, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
*puts two and two together*...My friendlist meets in six degrees. Jan's tenants, that couple—Carla and Lance Hoffman?—are LJ friends of someone else on my readlist. @_@

I'd invoke a certain snarky online acronym to refer to the drunk kids, but...'twould be highly ironic. So, no.
Sandpanthersandpanther on November 24th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
*blinks* Very small world indeed!
etoile.noiretoilenoir959 on November 27th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Two different friends of mine count towards the "210 homes are destroyed" by the stupidity of those kids. -shakes head-
Sandpanthersandpanther on November 27th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear that. Rebuilding after something like this is a long, difficult road. Please give them my sympathies.