Thursday, 26 March 2015

Slice of Life 26


Today, in conjunction with our study of disaster preparedness and resilience, for our slice 6B Slicers were challenged to recall a time when they experienced resilience.  For me, this challenge brought back memories of a forest fire I experienced as a child.

The Ojai Fire of 1985

In 1985, my hometown of Ojai, CA suffered the devastating impacts of a great forest fire. During the summer months, lack of rainfall, high temperatures and strong winds leave our community very vulnerable to fire. This year, tragically, an arsonist decided to set fires around the valley. The flames quickly gave way to a raging blaze that burned out of control for days. Though I was only 10 years old at the time, I can still recall the events associated with this disaster quite vividly.

My family’s home is located just on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest. At the time, our small canyon community consisted of 12 family homes. Behind our home there runs a small creek and, in 1985, our home was one of only two homes in the neighborhood with a pool. We first became aware of the potential threat when we began to smell smoke, a quick look to the heavens revealed a “fire sky” - an orange haze cloaked the valley. We began to make preparations to evacuate. Soon, the local forest service officials arrived formally initiating evacuation procedures. We knew the drill - take only what you can carry, take valuables, take family photos, take important documents, take your pets. Say goodbye to your home - it might not be there when you return.

The fire was merciless. It jumped the creek behind our house attacking the brush on either side of the banks. All around our house, everything burned. Still, our family was very lucky. Our home was saved. Firefighters were stationed at our home, our pool proving a valuable asset in combatting the blaze. In fact, our entire canyon community was extremely fortunate. The firefighters were able to save all 12 homes. And, now, so many years later, we remain forever grateful to those brave men and women who defended our homes.

22 comments:

  1. My SOL #26: http://theperceptualshift.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26-2015.html

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  2. Here is my SOL 26 about laughter.
    http://labid21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26_25.html

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  3. This is my Slice of Life 26 about what teachers think and what students/I think: http://sekram21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26.html

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  4. Here is my SOL #26 - poem about a plane - http://sjoly21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26.html

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  5. Here is my SOL, a poem about blisters!
    http://aoctoman21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26-blisters.html

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  6. This is my SOL 26; a poem about Romane's birthday!
    http://nkim21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26.html

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  7. Here is my SOL 26 - http://asato21iskl.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-e26.html

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  8. ∞ here is my sol about my favourite song ∞

    http://ntanka21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-24.html

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  9. This is my SOL 26 about my real life and scary experience in a deadly natural disaster!
    http://mbrueckner21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26-my-natural-disaster.html

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  10. http://zlundgren21.blogspot.com/2015/03/sol-26-i-love-lucy.html

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  11. Here is my SOL - 26
    http://xruge21iskl.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26.html

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  12. Here is my SOL #26--http://aarnett21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26.html

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  13. This is my SOL 26
    http://kmorita21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26.html

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  14. My SOL 26: http://dnanavati21iskl.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26-dont-kill-creatures-of.html

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  15. Here is my Slice of Life 26 - http://amehmood21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26-my-friend-piper.html

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  16. This is my SOL 26- http://rzanolini21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-26.html

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  17. This is my SOL 26 about shoelaces.
    http://dschiet21.blogspot.com/2015/04/slice-of-life-26.html

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  18. This is my SOL 26 about shoelaces.
    http://dschiet21.blogspot.com/2015/04/slice-of-life-26.html

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  20. This is my SOL 26 - http://lchami21.blogspot.com/2015/04/slice-of-life-march-26.html

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  21. This is my SOL 26 - http://lchami21.blogspot.com/2015/04/slice-of-life-march-26.html

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  22. This is my SOL 26 - http://lchami21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-march-25.html

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