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Nothing left to do but leave

November 14, 2008 | 11:54 am

With approaching flames a few blocks from his home around midnight, Antonio Cabrera, 33, decided it was time for his family to scram.

As he was loading his truck, he noticed his 2-year-old son, Angel, "trying to blow the fire out like birthday candles."

Cabrera could only smile and urge, "Angel, you have to blow harder."

A few minutes later, there was no time to do anything but leave, "so I put him in the truck and he started to cry because there was more work to do," Cabrera said, referring to Angel's attempts to huff and puff the fire down.

Cabrera is among 40 people at the gymnasium at San Marcos High School, where the Red Cross is hosting evacuees. Cabrera, a construction worker, sat on a cot while his wife chatted on a cellphone nearby and his son ran in between cots while wearing a red plastic fire hat.

-- Louis Sahagun in Montecito