Wednesday, October 24, 2007
'International' hikers get treated at fire center
Smoke fills the sky outside the evacuation center
Here at the Harris County fire evacuation center in San Diego, the sun isn't quite up yet but you can see the thick black smoke to the northeast above the fires blocking the blue sky and a few twinkling stars.

The fire crews here are watching to make sure the fire doesn't jump the highway to the evacuation center. One way is by controlled burns around the homes in the hills.

The center we're at is about 20 miles north of the border, and a firefighter just told us a number of the 24 injuries here were "international hikers," which we take to mean illegal immigrants trying to cross into the United States. They're coming out of the woods and mountains with smoke inhalation and burns.

-- By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Producer

Posted By CNN: 10:03 AM ET
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PLANET IN PERIL: Interesting advertisments during the program.

I am a 24 year old scholar that has traveled to places like Japan to speak on issues of sustainability to Tokyo University Students.

As I sat down last night to watch Planet in Peril Part 1, I felt driven to further help the cause........It soon cut to an interesting comercial. Right before my eyes there was an advertisement promoting the positive uses coal. "Coal is our electricity, coal is our life" they say. This is not the first time that I have seen such propoganda on my T.V.! Please can someone talk about these wealthy companies that run such misleading comercials which teaches the opposite message to your CNN Program viewers?

I have never written a letter to anyone like this, but I was so angry.

You need to run programs not only about the problems but about the answers! Coal and Corn are not the best solution. People feel useless. We need further education on solutions such as wind or solar, and we need it shoved in our faces!

I've been living in London for the past year. I must also say that thier media is doing a much better job making everyone aware of these issues. It should be a topic on the news everyday, as it is in British media.

-Lindsey Lang, 24
Overland Park, KS
Posted By Anonymous : 11:26 AM ET
I'm with Lindsay of OPKS. I read stories about cancer, respiratory illness and many others caused by our carelessness and lack of knowledge. So, I wrote of my family's experience with a well known, but renamed oil refinery only to find the same company was the sponsor!

Perhaps Lindsay is familiar with the history of the Sugar Creek, MO. refinery. Can't sell, still not cleaned up, folks still becoming ill with a higher ratio than was normal. I lived darn close to that too.

I know you have to have sponsors(unfortunately)but this came across like a hard slap to the face. Some things we just have to live with, don't we?

Maggie C

BTW Loved living in OPKS!
Posted By Maggie, Grain Valley, MO : 11:53 AM ET
I feel for the people that lost their homes and in anyway infected by this tragedy. I hope they get the fires under control soon. I heard that firefighters are working tremendous hours, I'm sure they have to be worn out. Some of them has ending up in the hospital in the burn unit. Like Larry King said when he was quoting JFK "life isn't fair". I'm sure the people in Southern California feel this way right now. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

I wish there was someway that I could help. It makes you feel bad when you don't know what to do for people that lives so far away.
Jennifer - Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 2:22 AM ET
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