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Oct 9, 2017 4:08 PM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Big fires up in the wine country. Hoping and wishing that the Painter family in Napa (Napa country iris farm) and the Richard family (Pleasant’s Valley iris farm) in Vacaville are safe and that their homes are unaffected by this tragedy.
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Oct 9, 2017 4:22 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Oh no! I sure hope the best for them.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Oct 9, 2017 5:49 PM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Amen to that Leslie.
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Oct 9, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I hope everyone stays safe from these devastating fires.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Oct 9, 2017 11:48 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Group hug Group hug
my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.
grannysgarden said:I hope everyone stays safe from these devastating fires.
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Oct 10, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Update: not good, 13 reported dead and 150 missing. And although we are 50 miles away from the original Napa fire, today there is one locally right by us that sprung up, but it’s under control. The air is ash laden, smoky and difficult to breathe due to the burning and our girl dog is freaking out because she was traumatized as a puppy when her home caught fire and she was rescued. The worse part is knowing there is difficulty containing the fire and we might eventually have to take action. Hoping that’s not the case.
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Oct 10, 2017 12:06 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Richard, I hope and pray the fire doesn't travel 50 more miles! I know you know this, but, just in case I would start thinking, or making a list, of all the things that are important to you, or would need IF you need to evacuate.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Oct 10, 2017 12:14 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Group hug more to everyone.
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Oct 10, 2017 12:33 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Yes, definitely put together a 'bug out' bag and keep it close to an exit. Keep gasoline in an escape vehicle and put a travel bag containing necessaries in that vehicle. I sincerely hope you never have to escape. Crossing Fingers!
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Oct 10, 2017 12:38 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Another thought is your computers hard drive.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Oct 10, 2017 12:43 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
They say to also take pictures of all your rooms so you have a record of contents if the worst happens. Pretty sound advice if you need to make an insurance claim.

Please stay safe. Those fires are moving so fast.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Oct 10, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
A wildfire can travel faster than most vehicles safely can. Having things packed and waiting is sometimes the only way you can save them. Especially if you spend moments looking for a precious pet that has hidden from the fire. Also, remember that one of the first things you will lose in a wildfire is electricity. After dark Imagine rounding up beloved scared animals, trying to find the bag you packed and find the exit in all that smoke and darkness. Think of possibilities and plan accordingly. Group hug and then I hope all your packing and planning will be a waste of time.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Oct 10, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Crossing Fingers! Richard
I saw a video recently of people fleeing an Australian fire in their car. They came across a tree that had fallen and blocked the road. Luckily they had a chain saw with them and were able to cut through it and move it. If you have to flee, take a chain saw.
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Oct 10, 2017 3:33 PM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I must admit I wasn’t thinking too far ahead in the event of an evacuation. My thought was to secure the dogs and parrots, grab our wedding album and anniversary journal and get the heck out of dodge. My wife was worried about important documents like the house deed, but I had to reassure her that it’s reccorded and we’ve got our important documents in a fire proof safe (at least that what it was advertised as). Really disheartening to get updates that indicate the fires are minimal or not contained at all to this point. We have friends up in the fire zone areas and are concerned about their safety and well being. And lastly, the local fire this morning had reports of a man running away from the scene which is one of my suspicions that arson could be a real problem since there are so many fires in the Bay Area all occurring right now (although conditions for a fire are ripe). Time will tell, and we plan on going down to my mom’s birthday celebration in a few days so we will be out of town, and hopefully when we return the fires will be contained and well on their way to being extinguished.
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Oct 10, 2017 3:42 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Birds Region: Kentucky Clematis Daylilies Irises Region: United States of America
Hoping all will be contained. Stay safe, all of you out near the fire! Group hug
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Oct 10, 2017 4:48 PM CST
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Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Hope everyone says safe.

The advice here in Australia - and I cannot stress this enough - is if you are going to evacuate, leave early. Don't wait until the fire is almost on top of you, as this is when you are most likely to get caught by it and often causes loss of life.

If you decide to stay, prepare the property - things like cleaning out the guttering and filling it with water, moving anything you can away from the house so that there is nothing around it that can easily burn, have water available in buckets and the bath (bear in mind the mains may fail), seal windows, etc. The main fire front will pass quicker than you expect and if you have prepared your house, there is a good chance that it will survive. Check the roof cavity after the fire front has passed, as one of the key causes of loss of property is embers getting into the roof.

Whatever you do, do NOT try to outrun a wildfire on foot or leave at the last minute. Your house will NOT burn down in seconds and even if the house does catch alight, it will protect you long enough from the main fire front to allow it to pass.
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Oct 10, 2017 7:44 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Richard, I hope the fire doe not come any closer. It's frightening to have that going on around and thoughts of what could happen. Been there a couple of times.praying for everyone affected by the fire.
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Oct 10, 2017 8:58 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
lilpod13 said:Big fires up in the wine country. Hoping and wishing that the Painter family in Napa (Napa country iris farm) and the Richard family (Pleasant’s Valley iris farm) in Vacaville are safe and that their homes are unaffected by this tragedy.


Has anyone been able to contact them and make sure that they are safe? Group hug
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Oct 14, 2017 8:48 AM CST

Wild Iris Rows Farm in Santa Rosa, CA has been lost to fire.
My prayers are with you and all the victims of the natural disasters occurring across our nation.
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Oct 14, 2017 8:56 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I'm so sorry! Crying
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