I was wandering around online to check for updates on the San Diego "Witch" fire as well as the Santiago Fire - a fire my friend Ryan is fighting, he's a Firefighter - I'm not sure where's he's stationed. He originally started out fighting the Malibu fires, but once that got contained, he was moved up north to the fire in the Canyon.
The updates on the San Diego's "Witch" fire are as follows:
No change in acreage for the Witch Fire, but it is now 30% contained, with full containment expected on Oct 31st & full control on Nov 5th.
- The Witch Fire has burned 198,000 acres.
- There have been 22 injuries to firefighters.
- It up to $5.3 million in suppression costs.
- Currently there 325 engines, 45 fire crews, 45 water tenders, 22 dozers and 2,619 firefighters.
Acres burned: Approximately 27,521
Containment: 35 percent
Full containment expected: possibly Tuesday
Full control: unknown.
Firefighters on scene: 1,982 firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority, California Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and Brea, Santa Ana, and Orange fire departments; 216 engines/trucks, 33 handcrews, 18 bulldozers. 634 personnel from the Orange County Sheriff's Department. 100-plus officers from California Highway Patrol.
Aircraft: 13 helicopters, 4 air tankers, 13 water tenders
Cost: About $4.5 million to fight fire; about $10 million in damage, a figure which is expected to grow significantly as losses of damaged and destroyed homes are tabulated.
Injuries: 4 firefighters with minor injuries
Structures burned: Eight residential structures were damaged and 14 destroyed. Twelve outbuildings were damaged and 8 destroyed.
Cause: Arson - if you have any information, call OCFA Arson Tip Line at 1-800-540-8282. $285,000 reward offered.
I'm just beside myself with all of this...