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State of emergency declared in Summit fire

Original post made on May 22, 2008

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency this afternoon due to a 3,000-acre wildfire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 22, 2008, 4:21 PM

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Posted by Carson
a resident of another community
on May 22, 2008 at 6:46 pm

During the fires in San Diego last year Google had a very good map of the fire perimeter and evacuation areas.

This looks like the same thing for the Summit Fire. I'm not sure if this map will stay updated the way the one down there did.

Web Link

Or the terrain version.

Web Link

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Posted by A critic
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2008 at 10:47 pm

The State, county and Open Space Agencies should be much more prepared for this type of occurrences.

It appeared to take hours to get large number of people on the fire. Quick response is critical to control the size of these fires.

There should be wide fire breaks throughout the forested areas. A grid of 200' wide fire breaks could stop most of the fire from spreading. Critics would say such wide swaths would destroy the forests. Don't thousands of burned areas destroy the forests more?

Also bulldozed roads suitable for fire equipment should be in place at all times either in the fire breaks or near by.

The county fire agencies need their own helicoptors and or smoke jumpers so they can reach a fire in minutes not many hours.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 23, 2008 at 5:37 am

Careful, A, suggestions to manage forest resources violates some editorial guidelines. Criticism of opponents to management get gone.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on May 23, 2008 at 6:07 am

A critic; If you want to know more. Look back at the 2007 Fire storms in So Cal.

A good site to learn more is Sign on San Diego . com
San Diego Union Tribune.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on May 23, 2008 at 9:33 am

Funny how the CAMERA HOG, The leader of Cal Fire has not been seen or heard from.

Maybe they figured that the best thing that they could do was keep him away from it?

Being a camera hog seems to be something that Palo Alto's leader do so very well. It is a trate they all seem to have..

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Posted by PA Resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 23, 2008 at 10:41 am

Carson, thanks for those links -- really interesting.

Fireman, you sound very angry but you also appear to be nearly illiterate. I wish you could spell. It would make it easier to figure out what you're upset about. Near as I can tell, you're still upset about things that happened a year ago, and will drag every possible discussion back there. It's sad that you're still so focused on that.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on May 24, 2008 at 10:42 am

Nice job on the selective

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Posted by tired
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm


you're becoming a joke. stop

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