Southern Californian Fires Spread Within Distance of HireAHelper HQ, Updates

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Major news outlets are reporting that beginning Wednesday and continuing into Friday, tens of thousands of acres have burned in the Los Angeles and San Diego, California areas.

The burning is mostly in the form of six major wildfires and a series of smaller fires, all still currently raging with various levels of containment in the Santa ClaritaVentura and Oceanside areas, as well as a fire near Tijuana, Mexico.

Please note: If you are in a mandatory evacuation area, or near one, do not call HireAHelper for moving assistance. Instead, evacuate immediately in accordance with county and state warnings. HireAHelper will be offering discounts to those within all evacuation areas and who may need moving labor only after the fires are contained.

Red flag warnings are currently in effect for many areas in Southern California, including various, major highways.

Current Updates

ABC News reports as of Friday, over 141,000 acres have burned and over 212,000 residents are now evacuated from their homes.

Fires as of Friday, Dec. 8th. ABC News.

HireAHelper headquarters is located in Oceanside, though it is currently not in direct path of any current fires, including the nearby Lilac fire. However, HireAHelper is still issuing a statement, as traveling smoke from these fires remains an issue in the area, and various HireAHelper employees have now been evacuated from their homes.

Important Resources

For the most up to date information on the current San Diego wildfires, please check the Cal Fire Twitter feed, located at https://twitter.com/CALFIRESANDIEGO.

Additional information is available at the official California fire website.

The California wildfire app is also available to download here.

If you are a moving labor provider in our network and are affected by these fires, please call us 1-877-651-8852 and ask to speak to a supervisor.

UPDATE (12/11/17): 

Fires south-east of Ventura County are majority contained, with the Lilac Fire nearest our headquarters now 75% contained. Fires in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties are nearing 100% containment, but are presently still being fought.

However, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County has now spread into Santa Barbara County, and remains at only 10% containment, burning 230,000 acres, destroying 790 structures and damaging another 191, reports CNN.

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We ask that if you are in an evacuation area that you continue to await your respective fire’s containment before considering moving labor services. Again, all evacuation area zip codes will be eligible for discounts at the appropriate time.

This Warehouse From 1912 Is Better Than Most Modern Ones

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In 1914, Joseph and Henry Bimm of Dayton, Ohio opened the Bimm Fireproof Warehouse. Aside from such luxurious amenities as electric lighting, a temperature-controlled piano room and a burglar-proof vault, the Bimm brothers’ warehouse was famously billed as “absolutely fireproof”.

Today, warehouses haven’t exactly lived up to that one’s reputation.

This past April, a three-alarm fire broke out at a storage facility in Brooklyn. While the cause has not been determined, it is reasonable to believe that at least some of the stuff being stored inside the warehouse was flammable. Yet Fire Engineering tells us that “fire officials performed an exterior attack because of the structural (in)stability of the building.” In other words, they saw reason to believe the building might not survive the fire intact. Smart move, as the Bronx Times tells us the fire chief later confirmed that “the side of the warehouse collapsed from the fire.”

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In another Brooklyn warehouse incident, this one in 2015, an initial fire set off the sprinklers, dousing the flames. The bad news was that firefighters had to take the sprinkler system off line since sprinkler heads have to be replaced after discharging water. This meant they were out of commission when a second fire began to spread. The material stored in the warehouse consisted largely of sensitive documents: “medical records, court transcripts, lawyers’ letters, sonograms, bank checks and more” from the state court system, the city’s Administration for Children’s Services and the Health and Hospitals Corporation and several local hospitals.

These documents, containing identifying information on countless thousands of people, ended up being strewn all over the neighborhood and the waterfront as that warehouse began to crumble.

Finally, in a most ironic twist, a Northern California man lost a mountain of valuables hours after moving them from his home to a nearby warehouse. In August 2016, the Clayton Fire was spreading fast across dry, grassy Lake County, a hundred miles north of San Francisco. Lower Lake resident Marc Giberson saw his home was in danger and made the quick decision to evacuate, taking his girlfriend and her dogs away in his pickup, which he piled high with valuable musical memorabilia, including his late musician father’s record collection and his grandfather’s saxophone. With a friend and a bulldozer, he was able to save his home, but the fire swept through town and destroyed dozens of buildings – including, yes, that warehouse.

As the San Francisco Gate reports, “the fire destroyed a huge collection of historic memorabilia that (Giberson) was hoping to one day donate to the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum, for which he serves as a board member. He also lost a mini modified race car and four vintage cars, including a 1923 Studebaker, which was used as a parade car in the 150-year anniversary of Lake County…

Even worse, though, was the saxophone, music collection and awards once owned by his late grandfather, Freddy Christian, a former big-band leader who once played for John Philip Sousa.”

Fires happen, unfortunately. Things burn, naturally. But far better steps need to be taken to minimize the damage.

Anyone out there know how to get in touch with Joseph and Henry Bimm?

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