Here We Go Again… California Wildfires

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  • Sun, Aug 23, 2020 - 10:39am

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    Thors Hammer

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    Here We Go Again… California Wildfires

You don’t need a Weatherman to tell what way the wind is blowing”  to paraphrase Bob Dylan.

Those of you like Adam Taggard who write about preparing for the future but still cling to Californicatia are as delusional as the farmers in Flyoverlandia who make their living by sucking the last  remnants of the Ogallala Aquifer out of the ground. The future of Sonoma and most of Northern California is a firestorm so intense that it leaves behind a blackened desert. Even this years’ prelude is so severe that it fills my little valley 900 miles away in Wyoming with so much smoke that the air standard Quality has reached 142— a level where any outside activity is life threatening.

  • Sun, Aug 23, 2020 - 12:56pm

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Well TH, you seem to have some sharp vision regarding the future of California.  Fact is there’s lots of people on the planet currently, and they all have to live somewhere, and they all gotta eat.  Got any practical suggestions for all the millions of delusionals on where they should all live and how to feed themselves?  Shall we all move to your valley?  We’re (re-)learning how to live in balance with the natural environment with these fires.     I lived for 10 years about one mile (at this writing) from the southern edge of the Armstrong Woods fire.  Some of the best days of my life….I’m feeling some pain for that area….Aloha, Steve

ps- the courtesy of spelling our generous host’s name properly would be appreciated…..

  • Mon, Aug 24, 2020 - 12:05pm

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    Here We Go Again… California Wildfires

“You don’t need a Weatherman to tell what way the wind is blowing”  to paraphrase Bob Dylan.

Those of you like Adam Taggard who write about preparing for the future but still cling to Californicatia are as delusional as the farmers in Flyoverlandia who make their living by sucking the last  remnants of the Ogallala Aquifer out of the ground. The future of Sonoma and most of Northern California is a firestorm so intense that it leaves behind a blackened desert. Even this years’ prelude is so severe that it fills my little valley 900 miles away in Wyoming with so much smoke that the air standard Quality has reached 142— a level where any outside activity is life threatening.” Thor’s Hammer

People will stay for the sake of their work, their partner’s work, for as long as they can. It is very difficult to move once your networks are in place, particularly when there is conflicting information about how climate change will effect California, in the future. What if it turns out that Southern California is the best place to be during a solar minimum that we are currently entering?

  • Mon, Aug 24, 2020 - 03:14pm

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    One and done

At some point, each large fire will mostly wipe out the local vegetation.  The new vegetation will be more suitable to a desert, although the new vegetation might take a while to develop.  Desert vegetation will mean less fuel and fewer, cooler fires.  But then you’ll be living in a desert.   Hmmm. Out of the fire and into the frying pan (although on the low heat setting)?  At that point, living near a river that flows from somewhere with more rain and snow might be a good plan.

  • Tue, Aug 25, 2020 - 09:48am

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    Here We Go Again… California Wildfires

About 15 years ago, Montana had the #1 fire in the country. After 6 weeks of hell, the rain came instead of more wind and we were OK. Takeaway was the knowledge that without major air support there is no way to start to control these fires. That means you are dependent on the planes to be available and for the feds to send them to you and not someone else. Not being able to live with that reality, we moved to SD. Fires here but nothing like CA or MT.

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  • Tue, Aug 25, 2020 - 05:33pm

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Worried about wildfires?  There is always a solution if you know the right people. Fifteen years ago I lived in a cabin in the woods in the foothills south of Jackson Hole.  The Green Knolls fire burned within a quarter mile after I had evacuated with 15 minutes warning.  The fire burned to the edge of a 5,000 acre ranch that had been subdivided into 25 acre toy ranches with 12,000 sq. ft. log palaces on many plots.  I was casually acquainted with the owner of four such spreads, having sold one of my custom drift boats to him.  His description of how the fire was stopped on the doorstep of his homes:  “I called up Dick (Cheney) and reminded him how much I and my friends had invested in him.  “Your fat ass is in deep dodo unless you get this thing stopped.”  Within 24 hours every retardant bomber in the Western US was at the Jackson Hole Airport, and they literally bombed to death a 5,000 acre fire crowning in heavy timber.

  • Tue, Aug 25, 2020 - 05:49pm

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    Here We Go Again… California Wildfires

Solutions:

Stop breeding.  Fifty years of one child families will do more  for the environment than a century of virtue signaling.

Desert rivers headwatered in mountains without winter snowfields will not sustain agriculture or backyard swimming pools or even flowing tap water.

But DO NOT think of moving to my valley.  It already has five golf courses that have sucked up half the irrigation water that used to raise potatoes.

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