|Nearly one million Californians -- the largest movement of Americans inside the United States since the civil war -- have fled the massive fires raging across southern California. This is no joke, Glenn Beck, you idiot, it's a national disaster and tragedy -- a "super Katrina" (thank God the officials running Qualcomm Stadium and several other refuges have their act together).
Officials now say they cannot stop the wildfires, which are being spread by the ferocious Santa Ana winds...
Unless the shrieking Santa Ana winds subside, and that’s not expected for at least another day, fire crews say they can do little more than try to wait it out and react — tamping out spot fires and chasing ribbons of airborne embers to keep new fires from flaring.
“If it’s this big and blowing with as much wind as it’s got, it’ll go all the way to the ocean before it stops,” said San Diego Fire Capt. Kirk Humphries. “We can save some stuff but we can’t stop it.”
Meanwhile, the opening headline of this story says it all, when it comes to George W. Bush:
Sharply criticised for his slow response to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster, President George Bush moved on Wednesday to assert a leading role in efforts to combat wildfires in California.Damn. It sucks to be Bush.
AP updates here.
Meanwhile, satellite photos of the fires are making their way onto TV and the net. Here's one from NASA:
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