|Wildfires rage across California|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Monday, 22 October 2007 06:35|
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency as dozens of wildfires sweep across seven counties of California. The ground has been left tinder-dry following a record-breaking heat wave in July, and the flames are being fanned by strong winds. At least one person has died and dozens have been injured as a result of the fires, and thousands more are being evacuated from their homes. The fires have destroyed around 35,000 acres of land, and 1500 fire-fighters have been called in to tackle the blaze.
Quote: "All 36,000 residents of Ramona, north-east of San Diego, were ordered to leave their homes as another blaze razed more than 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares), said San Diego sheriff's office spokesman Phillip Brust. "I can't ever remember doing this," Mr Brust said. "This fire is crazy." In seaside Malibu, several buildings were destroyed and thousands of local residents evacuated as flames swept across the hills overlooking the ocean.
My dear friend in California had a close brush with wildfires near her home not so long ago. Praise God that she was preserved, although this recent news concerns me. Only a few months ago Greece declared a national emergency as wildfires spread across the country. Help had to be brought in from Europe and further afield. The cause of many of the Greek fires might have been arson, but the drought conditions resulted in the situation getting out of hand. Revelation 8:7 states that during the tribulation period, around one third of the earth's vegetation will be burned up, and the cause will be hail and fire mingled with blood cast upon the earth. The record heatwaves across Europe and the US in the earlier part of this year have proven that this apocalyptic scenario is entirely possible.
This from my friend Kathie...
I am asking all of you to join me in praying for relief from the fires here in San Diego. They are moving into various area of the city now after burning vast portions of the country areas.
Evacuations of entire communities are taking place and we have a number of friends among those who have had to leave their homes. The Qualcom Stadium is one of many sites taking in evacuees. Smoke is thick in the air all over the county.
We are in a record low humidity and high wind advisory situation and the winds are blowing the fires with winds 60 mph. and higher. There have been at least one death and numerous fire-related injuries.
There is some cool, moist weather over the ocean up north.... we should pray for the weather change to come quickly and bring moist air or better yet, some rain.