Wildfire: Like Watching the Movie “San Andreas” … except it’s real
After 15 months of watching an inexperienced Governor deal with Covid19, I can’t help but wonder – what would the state do if faced with a REAL emergency ?
A real emergency … an earthquake knocks down the freeway overpass that is key to evacuation … and starts a fire that forcing the evacuation.
Like if Florida had a hurricane incoming, and the highway everyone used to evacuate failed.
About 1/2 hour into the movie San Andreas, there is a scene where the scientists are in the California mountains, and a 7 quake rolls through, and they realize that that was a fore-shock and that a much bigger one is imminent.
That is how I feel about wildfire. After watching the ham-handed responses the last 4 years, it’s like that scene in San Andreas.
There was a great article in Rolling Stone in April 2016 – about the fire danger in the New Jersey pinelands.
Will the current fire in New Jersey morph into the bigger wildfire described in the Rolling Stone article ?
They are lucky, no wind in the Monday forecast …
This is a picture of one of the side yards near my house. I just removed a bunch of blackberry, but you can still see MORE blackberry that needs to be removed in the back.
I am using a gardening technique called HugelKultur … instead of burning the blackberry stalks, I bury them, and then plant a garden on top.
Mostly corn with a little sunflower, on this patch.
Seems like, preparing for wildfire can lead to gardening projects.
My garden area is next to a Tinderbox of dry wood. Dead trees on a neighbor’s land etc.
We had a fire about 6 months ago, that was determined to be caused by an aging catalytic converter. It was spitting out little chunks of hot metal along a country road, and started about 10 small spot fires over a 1 mile section.
It was all dealt with, sort of.
The Pro-active part that I am not seeing … the Governor would pass a “soft law” (no ticket, just encouragement, at least at first) encouraging anybody with an old catalytic converter to swap it out for a muffler.
Mainly, I am not seeing adaptation.
Fires at homeless encampments.
Arson fires, e.g. the current one in Pacific Palisades.
There is a stock of wood in the forest behind me. 8 miles x 16 miles, with a fuel load of about 100,000 pounds – of dry wood – per acre.
Anyway, I do what I can, and I know bigger fires are coming.