Here We Go Again… California Wildfires
I want to send good wishes to everyone impacted by the current series of wildfires. We were extremely lucky here in Ashland, OR that the recent lightning storms all went to the east of us.
Because the city of Ashland is on the edge of a forest, our city does a lot of outreach about emergency preparedness. Here is a great emergency preparedness handbook for anyone looking to improve their preps in this arena.
When Native Americans managed the land, they burned the Willamette Valley in western Oregon every fall. In the summer, the women would clear the area around a settlement. The fall fire kept the brush down and cleared the land for hunting.
Adding some jaw-dropping perspective here. BTW, the smoke here is even worse today. Already canceled walking my dogs and my planned MTB ride. ☹️
High Country News, western E-magazine, had an article, today, on western wildfires. It recalled the California wildfire, the Camp Fire, of 2018. This fire started in early November, 2018. I had forgotten how late in the year this was. The fire season appears to becoming a year round event in some areas.
One piece of evacuation information given was a warning about electric garage door openers. Usually a utility will cut power to a fire threatened area. If your evacuation vehicle is housed in a garage with an electric door, you may have trouble getting it out. The recommendation is to park it outside.
I have issues because my well pump is electric and no water pressure in a fire.
Empathy from Australia. We know what you’re going through — again. Looks like our summer will be wetter than usual, so we may escape another trial by fire. Oh please.
It is fast becoming part of general public knowledge here that the indigenous people wisely used fire to manage the land. Cool burns at the correct time, place and frequency kept the bush free of fuel build-up and kept the land fertile for both flora and fauna. There’s a movement to learn and spread indigenous knowledge before it’s lost. The term is “cultural burn.” Massive bushfires are a product of poor European land management.
Back in the US, I believe land for homesteading is still available in Wyoming. The catch? No water.
Although they’re growing in intensity (for a variety of reasons), CA wildfires always happen in hot, dry, fuel-laden hills – https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/ – as they have for millenia. Don’t live there and you’re fine. The majority of Californians are fine.
In other words, the perennial CA wildfire emergency is mostly a man-made problem by a minority of folks who insist on living in hot, dry, fuel-laden hills and except us little people in the flats to keep bailing them out. Sorry to be harsh, but go “back East” if you can’t adapt to a Mediterranean climate.
This was a grab I pulled from one of the PTZ cams on a tower from the fire North of Santa Cruz. Normally these cams point outward toward the horizon but you can see why someone was inspired to direct it downwards…
A few hours later, this cam was offline. Reason should be painfully obvious…RIP Bonny Doon Tower.
Only quarter mile visability, here east of Burns. I am tyring to find if there’s a fire coming my way or if this is blowby from California.
I used to live in Sebastopol, Adam, and I ran the Sebastopol library. I still have family and friends in Sonoma County, and quite a few of them have been evacuated from north of the Russian River. I’ve hardly thought of anything else.