Friday, August 28, 2009

Town meeting Friday night

At the 6 p.m. public meeting at Idyllwild School gymnasium, photos from top, new Team II Incident Commander Mike Wakoski with local IC Dave Fiorella, who has only had three hours of sleep since the fire began; community members gather around maps of the fire; Team II Public Information Officer Marc Peebles; and San Jacinto District Ranger Laurie Rosenthal talking to the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council before the public meeting. More than 300 people attended the public meeting. Photos by J.P. Crumrine


  1. Thanks for keeping us all updated! GREAT JOB!

  2. Will you post any news from tonight's town meeting, for those who can't attend?

  3. great job keeping us all informed & updated in a timely manner...thank you

  4. Thank You J.P.! Your updates are very much appreciated, and I know you are working overtime to keep your friends neighbors and fans informed. Best, Catherine Zoltan

  5. Catherine,

    That was very nice of you. You're totally right, wonderful and insightful, but please write BC.


  6. I would like to point out an unsung hero amongst us. Forest Service firefighters are a very fraternal group. They live amongst us. Their spouses often are teachers of our children. They shop at our stores, but we may never really know them because they tend to keep among themselves.

    Dave Fiorella has been on this district since the 1980s. Most of you don't know him, yet over the past couple of days, he has kept a raging danger at bay under exraordinary circumstances. He has only had three hours of sleep, kept a fire from destroying Idyllwild, kept firefighters out of harm's way and then spoke to more than 300 people in town to calm their fears.

    Thank you enormously, Dave Fiorella


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