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Nth employees made a quick stop at the office Monday morning to grab all the backup tapes, Baldwin said.
"We shut everything down," he said. "We figured we'd lose power. And if we do, we also lose the air conditioning, and things heat up pretty quickly. So we took the safe approach and took the tapes. The equipment can be replaced."
Overland Storage, a San Diego-based storage vendor, has not closed today, a company spokesperson said. However, the fire has caused the evacuation of several employees' homes in northern San Diego County, a few of which had not yet reported in.
The spokesperson said that all San Diego area schools have closed, and at least four local freeways were shut down. Residents there are expecting at least three of the fires to actually burn their way to the coast, something that did not happen in the big fires years ago.
Peri Grover, senior director of product management at Overland, was in her home in northern San Diego County doing an interview with a media outlet when she suddenly realized she had to leave because of the fire, the spokesperson said.
Bob Farkaly, vice president of sales at Overland, called the company for a regular meeting from Venice, Italy, where he is on vacation, and was first told about the fire affecting the area where he lives, the spokesperson said.
Iomega and BakBone Software, also based in San Diego, were both closed because of the fires, company spokespeople said. However, in both cases, the offices are safe from the flames.
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