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Massive Fires Continue to Scorch Southern California

Edit: 1:35 pm On a rimoftheworld Google group, I saw that G Walters at 12:17 pm wrote:

“From Lake Gregory parking lot, the fire has made it halfway down the ridge.”

This is disappointing news for were we looking through our living room glass, we would see those flames. It is not far from our home.

Edit: 3:50 pm  On another rimoftheworld Google Group, at 2:12 DrHethc posted more encouraging news:

“The local fire departments and some from Rancho and Upland are fighting very hard in this area and feel that they will save Crestline! Do not give up hope and do not listen and believe everything you hear in the news. Our firefighters are going to save our town and your homes.”

I believe it!

Overnight the situation has worsened in southern California. Yesterday, I wrote about our area being threatened, and now evacuation is mandatory in our home town of Crestline. The devilish Santa Ana Winds continue to rage. California is scorched from the Mexico border to Santa Barbara, nearly 100 miles north of Los Angeles. is a site where all the mountain communities blog, communicate, advertise etc. Now the site is down, except to post emergency and fire updates. I’ve posted some information from that source.

The national guard has been called in and President Bush has declared the area a disaster area. There are reports of looting, and possibly arsonists. Observers have described the scene as, “Armageddon, The End of the World, Nuclear Winter.” All residents of the area are encouraged to stay home, off the freeways, and to refrain from using cell phones as much as possible. All schools in the mountains are closed, as are many others.

Qualcomm in San Diego is making a plea for donations to house and feed those who have taken refuge in that stadium. Ten thousand people are reported to be sheltered there.

My family, friends and neighbors are safe, although many of them have been forced to leave their homes.

7:45 Edit Jerry just talked with our son Steve who flew into the San Diego airport at 11:00 last evening. He and Dearrah were up all night and have their truck packed with valuables and documents in case they must be evacuated. Parts of their area, Bonita, has been evacuated. Some of the people in their church have had to leave their homes, and are using the church as a shelter.

8:00 Edit Melina’s mom is scheduled for cancer surgery this morning in San Bernardino. Originally Mike was going to fly him and Mel over, but could not because of the winds, so they had planned to drive this morning. Mel’s parents called and encouraged them not to try to go over, for the roads are absolutely jammed and dangerous. Mel’s mom has not even been able to make it to the hospital herself. It’s still all up in the air. Mike and Mel are still here in Lake Havasu waiting for word from her parents.

Emergency Center

Mandatory evacuations are now in effect for Crestline, Twin Peaks, North Lake Arrowhead, Crest Park, Skyforest, Rimforest, Running Springs, Arrowbear Lake, and Green Valley Lake. Voluntary evacuations are in effect for Cedar Glen, South Lake Arrowhead, Valley of Enchantment and Cedarpines Park.

Fire Has Reportedly Jumped Highway 330 In Running Springs

Update 6:50 AMLake Arrowhead – As water pressure dropped and the fire approachd Grass Valley late Monday, firefighters struggled to keep up with the flames as the water system failed multiple times. One resident remained along Sonoma Drive and managed to save his home and a few neighboring homes by extinguishing spot fires with a shovel. However, many homes along Sonoma Drive burned, especially along the northern end near Del Norte, according to an email. Firefighters are making their way back into the community and assessing the damage and their options, according to secondhand reports.

The fire has jumped to the south and west of Highway 330 just below Live Oak Drive in Running Springs, according to the CHP. Meanwhile spot fires and flare ups may have endangered more homes in the Grass Valley area as crews struggle to rescue horses. Law enforcement officials are still receiving reports of a suspicious white pickup truck with 10 to 15 Hispanic males in the truck bed. There have been several reports of open doors in the area.

What are Santa Ana Winds?

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. :)

18 replies on “Massive Fires Continue to Scorch Southern California”

Hello, Sharon.

Welcome to my blog. Hope you keep reading here, even after the fires are over. The San Bernardino Mountains are absolutely beautiful. We will recover.

We’re thankful to God for His protection, and so sad for those who have fared so poorly.

Bless you.


This is a really neat site. I just found it. I used to go the mtns a lot when we lived in santa ana. We are hoping to move to Riverside soon. That’s in God’s hands. I am praying for everyone out there affected by the fires. It is so overwhelming.



This is so sweet of you to take the time to post here. Thank you very much. We’re continuing to pray for all of southern California–thankful for those of us who have been spared, and grieved for those thousands who have lost their homes and possessions. Hope your family and friends stay safe–as well as you.


Shirley and Jerry,

I am so thankful that you and your family are safe. I have friends that have been evac’d. None of my family is closer than ten miles to any of the fires at this time. This is quite an unbelievable situation.


Good morning, everyone.

C HALL, I believe Crestline is going to be okay, even though at one point yesterday, flames advanced halfway down the ridge–fully visible from Lake Gregory’s parking lot. I’ve posted an update today.

CATHERINE, thank you for your concern and your prayers.

JANA, as far as I know none of Steve’s people have lost their homes, even though they have been evacuated. You are so sweet to think of this. If I hear of any I will post it on my blog.

Let’s keep praying, everyone.


Sis. Buxton,
We are praying for those in San Diego and the Mountain areas. Mark and I were thinking that we need to find a way to offer financial support to those who have lost their homes. Do you know of anyone from Hilltop that has lost their homes? We would like to be a blessing to them. We will also be looking into sending money to the mountain areas to help those thousands that have lost their homes.

Praying that the winds die down and the firefighters are able to fight back the fires!


Sis Buxton,
God is watching over His people. I left for work monday morning and didn’t get a change to read my daily blogs. I’m thankful for your safety and join in prayer with everyone for our brothers and sisters touch by these terrific fires and winds. My heart goes out to the many who do not know to run to God. Lets remember the firemen working day and night, they need our prayers.
With love,
Sis Catherine


My prayers are with those of you who are there in Calif. I own property in Crestline on Crestforest Drive, but am currently in Tennessee where folks were rejoicing in finally getting rain here today. have no idea where exactly the fire has been and is going. Wondering what the situation is for those still in the mountains. C.H.


Bro. & Sis. Buxton: I’d heard of the So. Cal fires, but I just now (Tuesday 10-23-07 at 12:40) read of the fires being so near your home and the homes of your family, loved ones, neighbors. I’m glad YOU’RE OK and at least out of harm’s current path. I’m praying for the situation. I certainly know what it’s like to feel helpless, like some have intimated in their comments. The good Lord knoweth. In our “weakness” He is made strong. He has a way of making EVERYTHING turn out all right. Here’s a verse (and I know you know this): And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Rom 8:28 Will be watching your blog to see updates and will let my family here know.



Thank you for your kind thoughts and especially for your prayers. Fires are very close to our house at this moment, and perhaps to Steve’s. Thank God, though, we are all safe from physical danger.

Indeed, we are helpless, but must commit everything to God.


Sis. Buxton:
My heart and prayers are deeply concerned for those in the path of this vicious fire driven by the Santa Anna winds. The fire storm that has been created is one of very ferocious destruction.
My prayers go to those caught in this cruel fire storm.



Sis. Buxton – thanks for the updates. Our church gathered for prayer last evening and we all prayed for you and the thousands who are affected by these devastating fires. We will also pray for Mel’s mom. I have been praying this morning and my spirit feels so helpless. The only hope is to trust God.


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