Slide Fire & Grass Valley Fire: Resident Mail

Above: Estimated map of burn area Slide Fire from Rim of the World dot Net

I woke up this am to darkened skies and cold snap in the air. At 8am it is still only 39 degrees here. Hope the firefighters are staying warm.

There are lots of rumors going around, one sad one is that they arrested a guy for attempting to set a fire near one of the camps by Valley of Enchantment and that there has been some looting in the burn areas.

Geez, what sick and sad activities. No wonder many mountain residents are known to have fire arms on hand these days.

Evacuated residents from mountain communities will be glad to know that they can pick up their mail from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at 195 Del Rosa Avenue, San Bernardino, CA on the former Norton Air Force Base. After today, mail will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mail for the following cities and zip codes will be available to residents at that location: Blue Jay, 92317, Cedar Glen, 92321, Crestline, 92325, Lake Arrowhead, 92352, Rimforest, 92378, Running Springs, 92382, Skyforest, 92385, Twin Peaks, 92391, and Green Valley Lake, 92341. Residents are advised to bring proper photo identification when picking up mail.

Yesterday I heard that it has been hard to get estimates of actual numbers of homes that have been burned due to the heavy smoke and lack of visibility. There are a bunch of numbers floating around out there but hard to say.

One of the discussions yesterday was how the fires are not only going to impact the residents whose lives have been disrupted and whose homes have been burned, but also how the mountain may take a pretty serious hit on the tourism level for those communities.

Our mountain areas have seen different levels of fluctuation based on gas prices and while some report that business is down, others report that it is up.

Time will tell but we are still hoping for the best.

Other questions coming up are: Will people leave or rebuild? Will they rebuild and stay–or sell?

When we were evacuated, some of those questions crossed my mind.

One of my neighbors said that if all the homes burned around his, they wouldn’t know if they would stay because one of the reasons he lives here is for the community–and if that was gone–what would be the point?

The other big question was–should you be happy if your home did not burn when all those around you did? And, would it suck to be in your old cabin while all around you bigger, better homes were going up?

Honestly, the comments were all over the map. Personally, I didn’t know what I would do. I’ve been working on projects to make sure my business is not so vulnerable to mother nature or this community but how about those people whose very livelyhood is locked on the mountain?

Guess the contractors are going to be busy, probably a blessing to them with the housing market the way it is.

So, I am sure many people are pondering lots of questions without a lot of answers…



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    Anonymous
    October 24th, 2007 07:21

    For Slide and Grass incidents:

    For more information, please call the U.S. Forest Service Fire Information Line at (909) 383-5688

    San Bernardino County Fire Department Information Line at (909) 355-8800.

    Find relief and social service assistance by calling San Bernardino County dial 2-1-1, or 888-435-7565.