I used to live in Running Springs in the San Bernardino mountains. I have been monitoring the police and fire scanners there on the Internet and it appears that the two houses I lived in are both either in imminent danger or already burned. My kids’ grandmother, aunts and their families have been evacuated and their homes are also threatened, one of which I helped build.
It is indeed a sad time and prayers for everyone involved are so richly needed. It’s also a time for reflection. I really don’t want to find someone to blame right now. I just want this test of our collective character, as individuals, as communities and as a nation, to bring us a bit closer together.
I was in that region several times this year. It is very sad; and I recall experiencing those winds on a mild day and remarking about them, while my west coast colleagues were explaining to me just how intense those winds can be.
I was really touched by the outreach efforts of Hillel. I have been saying for some time now that our church should have a plan in place (in advance) for emergencies and how we should be ready to minister to our community if ever necessary.