Southern California fires has reports and advice from Liz Palika, a dog trainer and author of over 50 books on dog care, cat care, birds, reptiles and amphibians, located in the San Diego area.

Meanwhile, our unoffical Hollwood correspondent and the owner of Scottish Terriers Baily and Riley, writes from Los Angeles that she lives in a high-risk area that had to be evacuated two years ago. When she got the news bak then, she sped home at once.

As I got closer to home it looked like a war zone. I was about 1 1/2 miles from home and the police men would not let me in to get my Scotties. I waited for an hour and decided to break the law and sneak past the barrier to get my boys… I got to my dogs but the flames were getting closer and all around us and I could not get my other car out of the garage.

As the flames got closer I started to freak out and finally someone helped me get my car out of the garage. I got the dogs out just in time and took them to a hotel. We could see the flames from the hotel but we felt safer. The outcome is that our house did not burn down but everything up to the property lines did. It is very scary but I broke laws and would do it again if I had to. We sure are lucky.