Fear · Hope · Ramblings · RANDOM

The Crown Fire Blazes on

We were allowed back in our home today. Then the next group of homes were evacuated as the fire moves on down the road. Because the brush is low and we have high winds out here the fire is burning quickly. The main concern is protecting the homes in the area. We have had helicopters, various planes, and a DC10 flying overhead since yesterday dropping water and phoschek on the flames.

Status check:
Crown IC (Agua Dulce):
Fire was reported at Thursday July 29, at 2:32pm and it is now at 13,000 acres. Currently we are at 20% containment.

Resources to this fire are the following: 1700 plus Fire Personnel, 6 Copters, 4 Fixed Wing and 1 DC10, 2 Helitankers, 10 Dozers, 3 Water Tenders.

This was how it looked when we got home this morning:

The Day After
The Day After
The Day After ashes fall

I am so thankful that our family is safe, our home is safe and very glad to be back home. Blessings to all going through this ordeal.

I also want to say we have the best firemen/women in the World. They rock!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do when risking your lives to protect ours. Ya’ll ROCK!!

Blessings and Hope!

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UPDATES:

Evacuation Information
Friday July 30th, 2010: 5:18 a.m. PDT

Palmdale Station is advising the following fire evacuations:

Soledad Canyon
KOA Campground 7601 Soledad Canyon Rd
Robins Nest campground 8237 Soledad canyon Rd
Shambala Wildlife Reserve 6867 Soledad canyon Rd

Leona Valley / West Palmdale
The Ana Verde Community
South of Elizabeth Lake Rd from 90th Street West to 25th Street West.

Evacuation Shelters have been setup at the following locations:

Marie Kerr Park – 2730 West Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale
Acton Community Center at 3748 West Nichols Ave, Acton
Agua Dulce Elementary School at 11311 West Frescati St

Residents needing shelter for large animals are asked to go to the Antelope Valley Fair Grounds at 2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster

Road Closures
Friday July 30th, 2010: 12:08 p.m. PDT
Based on ongoing evaluation of the fire and dangerous conditions, Incident Command is ordering a hard road closure in the area of Elizabeth Lake Road from 25th Street West to Bouquet Canyon Rd. Access to Elizabeth Lake Road via Goddie Hill and Bouquet Canyon Rd is also closed.
Access into the area will be restricted to all, including residents. Those residents who have chosen to stay are encouraged to leave.

Access is limited to residents only in the following areas:
Anaverde Community, Rancho Vista, and Shannon Valley.

Family · Fear · Ramblings

Evacuated…

The Crown Fire has made us leave our home. We were evacuated around 8:45pm.

during the afternoon
evening
leaving home

I so get why people do not want to leave their homes and want to stay and fight. I always called those people morons, now I am one of them. The feelings of ‘will my home be here when we return’ is devastating. We packed up our 3 dogs plus our neighbors dog, our cat, Stewie the bearded dragon, and the 5 of us. We headed over to Courtney’s house. Now there are 10 humans, 10 dogs, 3 cats and one bearded dragon. Talk about a ‘full house’! We have no idea when we can go back to our home. I feel sick to my stomach. The fear is overwhelming. I’m trying to keep positive thoughts and hoping that our home will be ok when we are allowed to return.

yellow evacuation areas

I’m not sure what to say… I’m scared, lost, and worried. At least my family is safe!!!

Blessings and Hope