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Rancho Palos Verdes Fire Brings Out the Best in All of Us

The recent Rancho Palos Verdes fire that burned over 200 acres in the Portuguese Bend area, although a near tragedy, demonstrated many examples of the wonderful spirit of community that exists on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

1) San Pedro horse trainer Callie Bell hitched up her trailer and loaded many horses in the Portuguese Bend area to move them to a safe haven.  Fifteen horses stayed overnight in the stalls at Ernie Howlett, where workers were busy Friday morning setting up for the upcoming Portuguese Bend Horse Show.

2) The Terranea Resort provided shelter for over a dozen families at no cost

3) Many local Palos Verdes Peninsula residents provided over night acommodations for their friends affected by the mandantory evacuation orders.

4) Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mike Brown credited residents for helping prevent injuries and keeping property losses to a minimum."Citizens in the area are extremely prepared and very cooperative," he said. "They assisted in the evacuation orders. It made things very easy."

5)  I heard several of the news reporters comment on the wonderful sense of community that they felt in covering the fires.

I am proud of the way my friends and neighbors handled this emergency.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsMaureen Megowan • August 30 2009 04:38PM


The picture of the fire dramatically shows the type of devastation that it must have brought to your area. Your citizens are to be complimented for their efforts to help.



Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) over 9 years ago

It was frightful driving south on Hawthorne after dance class in Torrance Thursday night, seeing the red glow showing over the crest of the hill.  We were praying and are so thankful for the spectacular fire departments getting it out so quickly.

Now for the BIG fires....

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) over 9 years ago

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