Saturday, November 24, 2007

Malibu Fires 2007: THE SEQUEL

Wow, didn't we just do this a coule of weeks ago? This is the view from Hawthorne as I was heading for the station this morning.

My phone rang just before 6:00am and I worked late last night. That means I didn't quite top off on sleep, but come on, we all know I'm a sucker for breaking news.

Big fire. Malibu. Dual path SNG needed. How soon can I get to the station?

Dual path satellite shots needed. Woo, that's twice as many buttons to push. I'm there, baby.

Wait a minute, it's a little more difficult than that to agree to come in.  It's a holiday weekend and I have my older two kids in town.

On the other hand, I'm pretty sure they'll be coming back next month for Christmas and nothing makes a happier Christmas than an overtime fattened wallet.

Goodbye kids, drive safe.  See ya' at Christmas.

Drove to Studio City to get the SAT truck, then out to Corral Canyon Road where many of the firefighters were getting ready to go to work.

That was a good thing too, because the fire had already burned through this area, but there were still some hot spots and I can't, by any stretch of my imagination think that my pulling up to an open spot in this gas station was going to be a good idea for long, if at all.

It was kind of worth it to see David Goldstein and Freelance Photographer Ken Koeller prospecting for some liveshot gold.

I would have liked to have stayed in this area and seen some of the action unfold, but no, that wasn't going to happen.

I got sent a couple of miles away to the Command Post near the Malibu civic center to cover the press conferences.

Yup, that was a good plan.  Only problem, they weren't going to hold the pressers at the Command Post.

They decided to hold it about a mile away at Malibu Bluffs Park on the West side of PCH, across from Pepperdine University.

Apparently we had some technical difficulties.  Nobody had a microphone stand.  I know.  Lame.  Next fire, we'll try to do better.

My understanding of how this fire is burning is that we'll have more opportunities to get it right.  I'll be here to cover more pressers.  That's reporter Lonni Rivera and Staff Photographer Nick Mercado is also standing by.

Unless I get relieved by another SAT operator, I'll keep you posted.   If they do send me home, I think I'll try to sneak out with my lovely wife for a movie or maybe we'll just find a nice romantic spot near the ocean and watch the warm glow of people's property and possessions going up in smoke.

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Anonymous said...

NOKR Updated: 11-25-2007

Reconnecting Families and Individuals
About 10,000 people fled their homes in the Malibu area ahead of the flames.

● Gov. Schwarzenegger: State of emergency has been reactivated
● Fire has burned 4,650 acres, but is 25 percent contained
● Fire started on a dirt road next to a paved highway in the Corral Canyon area
● About 1,700 firefighters, 23 aircraft battling the wildfire
● The fire destroyed 51 homes and damaged 27 as of Saturday evening 11/24

NOKR is asking anyone that may have a missing or potentially injured family member due to the Wildfires situation in Malibu, California or the surrounding area to register this person with the Next of Kin Registry.
Register at:

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