Our turn coming up soon I guess.
Our turn coming up soon I guess.
Honestly, I can't help but be a little bit defensive about this. People like this come in and tell us we're stupid to rebuild where we know another fire is going to happen. But no, I'm sorry, the Tubbs fire WAS unexpected for good reason. It needed to be a perfect storm in order to happen. The dry conditions, the unusually high winds, and the spark. Sure the wind patterns are something that we can look at and learn from and actually communicate to people so they're educated when they purchase property or build neighborhoods, but it was the perfect storm. What we're seeing now is a new pattern of that perfect storm happening more frequently, and that can only be a result of the climate changing. It's foolish to think that that is not a major, if not the leading contributor to this new "normal".
I don't think the answer is bureaucracy getting more involved in telling us what to do, and shaming us when we want to continue to live in our communities we've grown attached to. I don't know what the answer is, but one thing is for sure, we're not going to get anywhere by blaming the victims and threatening to withhold federal funding or tell people they can't rebuild their communities just because there's a risk it might happen again. People are too damn stubborn (myself included).
we're not going to get anywhere by blaming the victims and threatening to withhold federal funding
It's absurd that while California is mourning from the loss of life and communities, our president is politicizing the events and continuing his rebuke of California's management. Most of the forest burning in the Camp Fire is managed by the Federal government. If anyone is to blame for bad management, it's his administration.
Any Californian should be very proud that we have one of the best, most efficient firefighting organizations on the planet, Cal Fire. It's unbelievable what they do. I have hope that them and utilities like PGE will be able to mitigate loss of life and wildlife diversity in the coming decades through functional state legislation.
Federal leadership is ignorant and incompetent. CalFire is the shit.
California Professional Firefighters President Brian K. Rice had a great response, I thought, but since Trump's generated outrage and Rice's didn't, Trump's was probably 10,000 times as viral.
The president’s assertion that California’s forest management policies are to blame for catastrophic wildfire is dangerously wrong. Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography. Moreover, nearly 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another third under private control. It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California.
Thanks, Chris. I was just about to share this. Here's another article I found instead. https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/what-is-going-on-with-californias-horrific-fires/
There were some pretty harrowing but inspiring survival stories:
The air quality in SF was the worst I have ever seen it today, by far. It's like Beijing, or maybe worse.
I need a new look:
Very sad and disturbing what's happened and happening in California. My heart goes out to you all.
Whoa, this 19-second animation of how the smoke disbursed is not what I expected to see:
And just like that it started to rain and the air went clear as can be. Before bed last night the air quality sensors were reading 170 in our area, in the 200s in SF, causing the headlines to say we had the dirtiest air of any major metro area in the world.
But this morning?
It's sad but also nice to see people work together to overcome the adversity.
As soon as the rain hit, the air smelled sweet again, especially here at the coast. It's so nice to be able to breathe again. We were down in Southern California for vacation last week and it was nice to get away from the smoke, but it went ALL the way down to the Grapevine on Highway 5. Here is a shot I got coming back over headed North. It was like hitting a wall of smoke. That's over 400 miles away from Paradise, CA.