Tuesday, October 23, 2007
California Wildfires Blaze Huge Path of Destruction
Hundreds of thousands of people have evacuated their homes. Hundreds of miles of land have been scorched. Thousands of homes have been destroyed. The flames are burning up a good part of Southern California. It is clearly a disaster area and has been declared so by the State and the Fed. Our prayers go out to all of the people affected by the wildfires in Southern California.
We are also very concerned about people with asthma, emphysema, heart disease and other medical conditions. The soot, gases and dust will exacerbate any medical problem if inhaled. We hope all with medical conditions will seek shelter or even better, get out of the area if they can. Even healthy people can be sickened by the toxic air being produced by the fires. Again, if at all possible, try to leave the area until the air clears. And a surgical mask will do virtually nothing to protect you from the toxic air mixture.