Here We Go Again… California Wildfires

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  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020 - 08:54am

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    Adam Taggart

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    Here We Go Again… California Wildfires

Fire season has officially kicked into high gear as a freak phalanx of lightning storms hit the state this past weekend.

From my home in Sonoma County, I can see at least three massive smoke plumes from nearby fires.

Here’s one looking towards Napa county:

The sun shines blood red through the sky, now filled with smoke and particulates:

Outside, everything is covered in a thin layer of ash.

Fire season seems to be arriving earlier and earlier every year. With the dry winter we’ve just had, the whole state feels like a tinderbox.

For those living out West: stay safe the next few months! And make sure you have you evacuation plan/destination all lined up.

  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020 - 09:31am

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    TWalker5

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Living in the Reno-Tahoe-Carson area I am all too well aware of the fires. I couldn’t see the Sierra from my home this morning and I’m only a few miles away from them.  I really love living here but am discouraged at how, like you said, fire season gets worse and worse each year.  I’d probably consider moving but it seems like the entire western US has to deal with this and I can’t envision a move to the population-dense East.

T.

  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020 - 09:47am

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    jupytr

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Heavy smoke laden air here in San Jose.  It hurts to breath, not going to be good for people with covid wreaked lungs.

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Fires are part of the natural cycle, and our memories are blinkered by short time scales and wishful thinking. Living in the forested communities with fuel all around us (me too) without fear! Once was time that the mere mention of ‘crowning’ sent a reflex of dread though the adults in a room; now there is no recognition!

  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020 - 10:14am

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I’m thinking there might be some land between the WestCoast and the population-dense East. Jus sayin………

  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020 - 10:18am

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That was an amazing video!

  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020 - 11:46am

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    Ihrtmetal

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I hope the winds are in your favor, Adam. Along with everyone else who is threatened by these beasts.

I became familiar with this website back in 18 during the Thomas Fire that chased us around for weeks. it also has a lot of useful data visualizations and webcams.

Caveat: occasionally is gets the geolocation shifted (crapped me pants one morning as i saw what looked to be my whole town in red dots while evacuated) But generally it is very consistent (use VIIRS toggle for highest accuracy)

https://firemap.sdsc.edu/

Yes, these are natures way of clearing out the junk and another example of how good intentions of sweeping land withdrawals and hyper-aggressive fire suppression interfere with natures cycle… hmm kinds like how the fed won’t let us have recessions….

  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020 - 11:48am

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Blood-orange sun, yellow-orange-grey heavy smoke/cloud cover here in Stanislaus County, California. Large particles of soot, ash on cars. So far, not as hot and humid here today as the past few days (e.g., 112 degrees), but its all relative as today, next 10 days’ forecast is for triple digit, 100+ degree temperatures. Some rural communities are being evacuated due to SCU Lightning Fire in the western part of the county.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/

The Governor declared a state of emergency yesterday due to the fires and extreme heat.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/08/18/California-Gov-Newsom-declares-emergency-over-wildfires-extreme-heat/2191597783796/

  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020 - 12:17pm

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TWalker5 When I was deciding where to live, I was thinking the narrow band along the west coast that gets good rain  will get the huge population influx from the drier land between the Mississippi River to the Cascades.  The east coast has good rainfall from the Mississippi River -> east.  Pretty big area to cover with good rainfall.

Just another way to think about the problem of rainfall and population.

Karen

  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020 - 12:40pm

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    kunga

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Extra long, hot, oppressive summer in Eastern Oregon.  So reminds me of Fresno in the 1970s. Lots of dry lightning last several days, cooler today.  I need to go out and expand my fire breaks.

Karen, the cooler coast, rain, sounds good until you consider the Cascadia fault is overdue for “the big one”.  When I moved here, I was trying to stay out of an earthquake zone, away from nuke plants and volcanos.  Then there’s always asteroids…  No place on earth is safe.  There is always something.

On duck duck go, I only need to type in “second” to get a full update for the second stimulus check.  It appears it may be being abandoned.  This is not good.  I get concerned seeing the food bank lines and wonder about all the coming evictions of renters and others thrown on the street with no plan.  Ten years ago, to save retirement money, I lived in my car for two years.  I had prepped, I had a plan and it was not too bad out there, but still, it was no fun.  Now, I think this is going to mean riots and chaos like we haven’t yet seen.  Even folks with a job or income wanted that second check.  I wonder if the dreaded FEMA camps will be opened for the homeless and start a permanent, domestic refugee underclass.

I am praying for this country, president and the USPS.

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