My heart goes out to the people that have lost their homes or have been slammed by burning embers. Ash has darkened the sky---it's hard to breathe an
October 24, 2007

My heart goes out to the people that have lost their homes or have been slammed by burning embers. Ash has darkened the sky---it's hard to breathe and outside it looks like a day time eclipse.

Joe Gandelman, from The Moderate Voice has been doing a lot of good down in San Diego. He's a professional ventriloquist and has been entertaining kids down there to ease some of the tension..Tell him thanks if you stop by his blog. My eyes have been burning for three days now and I feel like I have the flu, but that's not a big deal. Unfortunately, it's starting to have an impact on a lot of kids too...

Particulates are microscopic pieces of soot, smoke, dust or other materials capable of lodging deep in lungs.---Travis Henson, an emergency room physician at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the northeast San Fernando Valley community of Mission Hills, said larger-than-normal numbers of patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema had shown up this week. Henson said he noticed a relatively high number of children with cold symptoms and respiratory problems. Some of these young patients, he said, "maybe have never had asthma before."

Meanwhile, the sickos at Blackwater are using the fires as propaganda...

It seems that some right wing nuts are blaming "environmentalists for the blaze.

Commentator Mary Mostert, on the conservative Web site RenewAmerica.US/ tries to blame the Sierra Club and forest-preservation policies for California’s wildfires. She writes: “It has been known for many years by those actually involved in the forests that the Sierra Club policies which became public policy in the 1990s under Bill Clinton, would cause exactly the kinds of fires we are now on

Here's a few places to check out if you want to help:

Network for Good: A blog that gives you links to groups where your donations can be put to immediate use.

U.S. Program of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

The Los Angeles Times offers THIS VITAL PAGE with lots of info on how to help.

The LA Times has much more...

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