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Wildfire Drill To Force Topanga Residents To Evacuate Homes; First Time Ever
CBS) ^ | April 27, 2012 10:47 AM | Ron Kilgore

Posted on 04/27/2012 12:03:07 PM PDT by BenLurkin

TOPANGA (CBS) — A massive multi-agency wildfire drill set for this Saturday will call upon residents in Topanga Canyon to evacuate their homes.

KNX 1070′s Ron Kilgore reports county officials are hoping the exercise will highlight the canyon’s various transportation challenges

The drill is expected to test residents’ response to an emergency in a neighborhood that has only one major roadway by asking them to actually vacate the canyon.

“Let’s see if we can evacuate that community and simulate a fire that is impinging on that community and we need to protect people by evacuation,” said Anthony Whittle, Assistant Fire Chief for the Los Angeles County Fire Department and incident commander for the exercise.

Residents will be asked to drive out to either the Red Cross Evacuation Centers at Taft or Palisades High Schools during the drill, with updates expected to come through ALERT-LA phone lines or by subscribing to the emergency notification service by text messaging the word “EVACUATION” to 888777

The mock scenario will simulate a fast-moving fire blocking the canyon’s north end — a scenario that Whittle said could potentially be a threat to communities beyond Topanga Canyon.

“The wind-driven fire based on that 2-to-6-hour window can go all the way from the 101 corridor all the way to the ocean,” he noted.

The exercise is scheduled from April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents will be able to hear “evacuation” updates throughout the day on KNX


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1 posted on 04/27/2012 12:03:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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From the artcile it appears the headline is be wrong (at least I certainly hope it is wrong) and that participation will be voluntary.
2 posted on 04/27/2012 12:05:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

We were on a cruise ship once and they had the mandatory lifeboat drill. We just locked ourselves in our cabin and had some private time...


3 posted on 04/27/2012 12:06:29 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: BenLurkin

This could be taken as an invitation to come in and burgle all the vacant houses. I hope the police have thought of that.


4 posted on 04/27/2012 12:06:29 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t think I’d want to play.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 12:07:27 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cuban leaf
"We were on a cruise ship once and they had the mandatory lifeboat drill. We just locked ourselves in our cabin and had some private time..."

The cruise lines have made that more difficult. The last several we have been on have either checked passengers off of a list or scanned their IDs. The all clear is not given until everyone is accounted for.

6 posted on 04/27/2012 12:09:49 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: BenLurkin

They just want to find out how many will comply when told to leave their homes.


7 posted on 04/27/2012 12:13:49 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: BenLurkin
The exercise is scheduled from April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They just put all burglars on call to enter the canyon a little early and get ready to go to work as soon as the coast is clear!

8 posted on 04/27/2012 12:13:52 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: Truth29

I was actually surprised we got away with it.

BTW, that sounds like a lot of work and very time consuming.


9 posted on 04/27/2012 12:17:10 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf
"BTW, that sounds like a lot of work and very time consuming."

Yes, plus public humiliation. We were on one where everyone was kept waiting while the staff announced the names and cabin numbers of the missing and ordered them to report in.

10 posted on 04/27/2012 12:23:29 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: cuban leaf

I remember the fire in the Oakland hills. A friend lost her life first it seemed there was plenty of time to get out and suddenly the fire came very quickly. Friend wasold woman could not run down road fast enough


11 posted on 04/27/2012 12:31:08 PM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: Truth29

True and if you fail to appear, there is a good chance you will not be going on the cruse.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 12:34:55 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Truth29
We were on one where everyone was kept waiting while the staff announced the names and cabin numbers of the missing and ordered them to report in.

Ohhhh I would have loved that. I would have somehow, someway found an intercom microphone, keyed it open and bellowed "THIS IS MR JESSUP, I'm HERE, now GO F--K YOURSELVES!"
13 posted on 04/27/2012 12:36:00 PM PDT by mkjessup (0bama squats to pee.)
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To: BenLurkin

Though this sounds like an invitation to a cluster0flock, it is probably a good idea. The roads around and through Topanga are almost all twisted, narrow, and confusing. Not a place to need to get out of in a hurry.


14 posted on 04/27/2012 12:37:11 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: tommix2

ONE REASON all my buildings have steel roofs. All of them.

‘Course, where I live, tornadoes are more the issue.


15 posted on 04/27/2012 12:47:28 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: doorgunner69

It could also be an eye opener for people who live in the area and may actually have to evacuate someday. I have never cared for the “authorities” ordering mandatory evacuations, even in times of emergency,but for those who do want to leave it’s helpful to know what road conditions will be like if you wait too long.


16 posted on 04/27/2012 12:50:31 PM PDT by cbvanb
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To: houeto

Just tell them you executed a ‘virtual evacuation’ - same premise as the ‘virtual fence’ on the southern border.


17 posted on 04/27/2012 1:10:48 PM PDT by GreyHoundSailor
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To: mkjessup

You can thank those who lost their lives in the Titanic disaster that you have lifeboat drills. As the Titanic did not have enough lifeboats for all those who were aboard.

But then the lifeboat drills did not help those who died when a recent cruise ship ran aground. However, it kind of helps when crew members stay and help passengers on to lifeboats rather than be coawards and leave every man for themselves.


18 posted on 04/27/2012 1:45:01 PM PDT by zaxtres
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To: zaxtres

All the more reason to stay home.


19 posted on 04/27/2012 2:46:11 PM PDT by mkjessup (0bama squats to pee.)
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To: BenLurkin; Baynative; calcowgirl; SierraWasp
If our firefighting departments (notably CDF) were not in the tank for Agenda 21, this might be a good thing. Unfortunately, CALPERS retirements are heavily invested in Catellus Development (a.k.a. Richard Blum, Diane Feinstein's husband). Catellus is a huge builder of those nearly empty Agenda 21 Sustainable Developments in the city. Hence, rural firefighters have a vested interest in watching those rural homes burn and forcing the former residents back into their multi-culti urban prison.

Yes, there is documentation for that connection. Interestingly and by the same source, Catellus shares office building with The Nature Conservancy.

It is thus no accident that so many recent rural/suburban fires have resulted in massive housing losses. In fact, it's a matter of policy. "Firefighter safety" don't you know, and yes, I've seen them yucking it up with the engines idling in town while collecting overtime for a fire up the hill. The brave firefighters of yore are long gone. It's affirmative action yoonyuns now. CCC prisoners do the bulk of real wild-land firefighting.

20 posted on 04/27/2012 6:25:28 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Perhaps some engineering type could pay both a visit at the same time....

Catellus Urban Development
201 Mission St Fl 2
San Francisco, CA 94105

The Nature Conservancy California Program
201 Mission Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-1832


21 posted on 04/27/2012 6:34:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Carry_Okie

You really do pull some serious covers off these slimey creeps and I think your research and knowledge, plus your intuitive understanding are a real asset to anyone who gets to know you!!! (but don’t let that go to your head)


22 posted on 04/27/2012 7:05:26 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Negativity must die because it's self-fulfilling!!!)
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To: Carry_Okie
o chit.

23 posted on 04/27/2012 7:08:42 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots
o chit.

Correct. Government employee union retirement plans give those invested with police powers a motive to violate unalienable rights to serve their own financial interests. It turns public servants into adversaries.

24 posted on 04/27/2012 8:15:21 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: BenLurkin

They (the gestapo) could just march htem to the nearest relocation camp. I wonder how many of the locals refuse to ‘play’ along?


25 posted on 04/28/2012 12:26:08 AM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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