My heart goes out to everyone in Southern California who have been affected by the wildfires raging this past week. I still cannot wrap my mind around the fact that at least three of the fires were set by arsonists.

I have several friends who live in that area. All are fine since they were evacuated in time. Most still have their homes. Truthfully, I was sick with worry for those who were in harms way. Hugs to all my Disher buddies!

I’d also like to thank all the brave men and women who have fought the fires and those who offered their time and resources to help the evacuess. I don’t know what we would have done without the fireman/women and their support crews.

I’d especially like to say thank you to the firemen of the North State, who went down to Southern California to battle the blazes. You guys rock!

As of today, CNN Wire had this to say about the wildfires:

Stadium shelter for evacuees closes, death count rises as firefighters work to control remaining California blazes

SAN DIEGO (CNN) — As a sign of progress in the fight against the raging Southern California wildfires, San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium was to be emptied of evacuees Friday.

At the peak of the rampant fires, 11,000 evacuees were camped out there. Those who are left, about 750 Thursday night, have the option of transferring to the Del Mar Fairgrounds north of the city when the facility closes about midday.

Some 2,000 people and another 2,500 animals, including about 2,000 horses, have received shelter at the fairgrounds and racetrack.

The death toll increased Thursday when the charred bodies of four people, all believed to be illegal immigrants, were found in a canyon near Barrett Junction, about 33 miles east of San Diego, a U.S. Border Patrol agent said.

Fourteen of 23 fires have been fully contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blazes have burned 489,894 acres (765 square miles), and destroyed 1,635 homes. (Posted 11:04 a.m.)

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