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Fire Threatens My Home

Those of you who follow my blog know Jerry and I are temporarily living in Lake Havasu, Az, and that we maintain our home in Crestline which is in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California. You may be aware that at this moment much of California is burning, including parts of San Diego where two of our sons and many friends and other relatives live. A few minutes ago we learned that in the last few hours fires have sprung up in our mountains, and that all roads to our home are now closed. The residents of the near-by community of Lake Arrowhead have been ordered to evacuate. Jerry just spoke with our neighbor Nancy who says the area is smoke filled and they are preparing themselves in case they too must evacuate. Late Sunday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in seven Southern California counties.

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San Diego County Officials Order Mass Evacuations Ahead of Raging Wildfires

Hundreds of hospital, nursing home patients evacuated in San Diego as blaze approaches.


Four years ago when we were gone from our home, deadly fires raged through our area, and at that time Crestline was evacuated for eight days. (Edit: “It’s worse than the fire four years ago,” said Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.”) Andrew had just gone from our home when the fires turned toward our place and the evacuation was ordered. He tried to get back to our home for pictures and documents, but was turned away. I have written at other times about challenges from fires in southern California and the involvement of arsonists in these tragedies. Here I wrote about firefighters who gave their lives to fight the Esperanza fire.

  This is just over the mountain from our home.

I recall dealing at that time with the thought of losing our home, as I do now. The only irreplaceable things of course are pictures and other mementos. Houses can be rebuilt and new furniture ordered, but the losing of our pictures would cause me deep grief. But I really don’t think that is going to happen. Although the whole area is threatened, chances are excellent that the fires will not reach our home or the homes of my family.

Let us remember those who today have lost their homes, though, and for the others who will. “Many people will lose their homes today,” a fireman just spoke over the radio. A couple of hours ago I listened as pastor, Greg Hughes, told of seeing his church burned to the ground. My prayers are with that pastor and his congregation.

Edit 12:20 Monday The source of the problem are Santa Ana Winds which are unusually strong this year.

Southern California wildfires blamed on unusual Santa Ana winds

By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer



LOS ANGELES—Wildfires breaking out across Southern California are being fueled by stronger than usual Santa Ana winds roaring out of the region’s canyons, scientists said Monday.The fires have killed at least one person, burned thousands of acres and forced hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes.

The powerful, dry winds typically blow between October and February and peak in December.

A stubborn high-pressure system over the Great Basin, the vast expanse of desert that covers much of Nevada, Utah and southern Idaho, fanned at least seven major wildfires this weekend and was expected to last through Tuesday. Typically, Santa Ana conditions last about a day.

“For it to be this strong for so many days is unusual,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

California has been bone-dry this year and many communities have imposed water use restrictions.

Edit 4:30 pm Monday: Our neighbors, Ken and Nancy, have evacuated, although it is not mandated yet in Crestline.

Our son Andrew, his wife and children are stranded in Modesto because the highways to their home in San Diego are blocked because of the fires.

Edit 9:00 pm Monday: All roads into the mountains are now closed, even to residents, although evacuation in Crestline is still voluntary. Jerry just talked to Lex, one of our neighbors, who says the fire is now 3 and 1/2 miles from our house, but the wind at the moment is not blowing in our direction. Lex’s wife was working down the mountain and tried to get home, but was turned back.


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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

29 replies on “Fire Threatens My Home”

Esther, I’ve updated on my latest post, and will keep it current throughout the day. Rebecca’s home is fine, but thick with smoke, so we’re desperately worried about her breathing. You may recall she almost died in the ICU last year with a deadly asthma attack. That attack followed her ingesting smoke from fires in the area. We’ve encouraged her to go to our friends the Walkers in Desert Hot Springs.

We have a call in for Steve, but have not heard from him. As far as I can tell, their home is not immediately threatened. They may be out of town.

When we talked with Andrew last night, he was going to try to make it home today, but it is so much worse, I doubt if he can make it. At least they have a place to stay there with Tena. Glad Jennifer has a place to stay in Carlsbad.

We must all keep praying. I’ll send you my phone number.



Sis. Buxton, please update us. This morning we learned (internet news) that lots of homes in Lake Arrowhead area have burned. Yes, Jen and kids are at Kari’s in Carlsbad. That area is not affected yet but if winds keep blowing west, it too will be dangerous. Glad S and A are at Tena’s again. What is the latest with Steve and Rebecca’s locations? Could you please E-mail me your cell number?


Amen, Sis. Hurst!
Yes, Andrew and Shawnna are here again (I’M not complaining! 🙂 )
Jennifer had to evacuate. They went to our cousin, Kari’s, house. She said they told her that her house wasn’t in immediate danger but, more as a precaution they told her to leave.
The Darrin Sargent family had to evacuate, too.

What a deal! But, nothing too big for our God to take care of. We must keep the faith.


Sis. Buxton, We are praying here for you all. I guess Andrew and Shawna came back over here to Len and Tena’s since they can’t get home right now. “God please stop this wind and bring some relief to our southern friends. Give the firefighters strength that can only come from you. Let your angels of protection go and be with all who are being effected by these fires! In Jesus Name!”


Oh, well!!! It didn’t work! Sorry to take up your space!! Still praying that the winds will die down (they currently are blowing QUITE hard!!!)

P.S. Perhaps signing in under my blog name will work?


This is a test….to see if my link will come up this way. I didn’t realize that my sign in wasn’t allowing a link to my blog!!! So, if you want, you can delete this entry after this test!! 🙂


Sister Buxton,
Mark works in Victorville and this afternoon he had to leave work early to try and get down the hill before the fires got worse. It took him almost 4 hours to travel 40 miles!!! There were fires popping up EVERYWHERE. I am praying your home is kept safe and that all those in Southern California are protected by God! In Jesus’ Name, Jana M


May God protect those in the area. May he calm the winds and send helpful weather. May he bless the efforts of the firefighters.


Sis. Buxton,

We are safe and clear. The only things we are experiencing are: Ash and dust that has covered our cars and an orangey (sp) glow from the sun as it shines through the smoke coming from the Irvine fire which is about 25 miles away. The Malibu fire is to the north of us at about the same distance.


ESTHER, I haven’t heard from Andrew today and wondered how they would fare in getting home from northren California. But yes, God will watch over all of us.

MARK, I spoke with my daughter in San Bernardino and she could hardly get down her own street last night because of fallen branches and debris.

I can’t image it could be accurate but I heard on the radio a few minutes ago that some of the wind speeds are gusting up to 105 MPH. I have seen many Santa Anas, but none that stiff.

Are you safe where you are, or will you evacuate?


Ss. Buxton, we’re praying as well. Last night, after church we drove up a ways to see how close the fire was to where we live and about 3 miles away they had the roads closed. It’s incredible the winds and fires that we are experiencing right now.


Sis Buxton. I talked to Jennifer (also in SD). She said the sky is sm0kie but no fires close to her so far. She said Andrew and Shawna may have a hard time getting home from Gilroy as HWY 5 is closed. Hope they find a way to get there. This is really bad. But, I believe The Lord will watch over His own and their homes.



Was the house that caught on fire your home in San Jose? That must have been a horrible time. Sadly, many people today are suffering through such experiences.

Thank you for your concern and your prayers.


Sis. Buxton,

We are praying! Our cars here in Torrance are covered with soot and ash from the Irvine fire. It’s amazing at the number of fires going on simultaneously. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you!



Oh, this is horrible. I, too, know what it’s like to be in a fire. I was only 10 or 11 but, I remember it well when our house caught on fire in the wee hours of the morning. We all got out but, had breathed a lot of smoke. The firemen arrived in time to save the house but, a lot of damage was done.
I’ll be praying for everyone.


Jana, I’m praying at this time for the family in Rancho Santa Margarita. Jerry and I are here in Lake Havasu, and even if we should lose our home in Crestline (which I don’t think we will) at least we are physically safe. Thank you for your concern.


Just moments ago my phone rang and a frantic mother in our church was crying and asking for prayer. Her daughter, who has a newborn baby, lives in Rancho Santa Margarita and the fires are getting very near. The daughter doesn’t have a car and her husband is stuck in traffic trying to come and get her and the baby. I can only imagine the panic she must be feeling at this moment. Our prayers are with you, the firemen, and all who are involved.


Thank you, Anna for your concern and for your prayers. I truly believe all of us will be fine. The fires in San Diego at this time, as far as I can tell, are not very close to either Steve or Andrew’s homes or to their churches.


Hi Sis. Buxton,

I thought this morning of Uncle Buck and Aunt Toddie and the Saints of Hilltop and prayed for them. I will be praying for you all also that the fires would surpass your area and that your home and those of your fam/friends/neighbors would be safe from harm.

We lost our home to fire when I was 13, so feel extremely compassionate towards those who experience that type of thing.

Love and prayers!


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