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June 24th, 2008
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The state, the state, the state is on fire


Visibility's a quarter-mile in town today. "*EVERYONE SHOULD AVOID ALL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OUTDOORS.*" There's talk of evacuating the tiny town of Washington, about 15 miles east; and that's not even the fire that's pelting us with smoke.

And it's like that in pretty much the entire northern half of California.

It's not a good time to be a firefighter. My thoughts go out to everyone on the front lines.

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From:summer_jackel
Date:June 24th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Yikes! I am worried. It's all hazy here, too.
My friend Jon is a forest service firefighter. I have no idea where he is right now.
From:deirdremoon
Date:June 24th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
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From Tahoe to Klamath???! Gods, I had no idea. But that does explain the absurdly sucky air quality.
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From:roaminrob
Date:June 24th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
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A map of "large" fire incidents across the U.S. (in which you see a disproportionate number of little dots in the norhtern half of California): http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/modules/lg_fire/data/lg_fire_nifc_2008-06-24.png

Excellent California fire information, updated often:
http://yubanet.com/fire.php
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From:gchpaco
Date:June 25th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
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It does this almost every other year. Sometimes I wonder how it is there's enough dead scrub left to burn. I haven't had to evacuate my parents' house yet, but it has been completely cut off from the outside world before.
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From:gchpaco
Date:June 25th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
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Um, both? Wildfires in the hills threatening to cut my parents' house off happens about every five years or so. I think it's gotten a little bit worse but it was pretty bad already, so it's hard to be really sure; I'd have to do a statistical analysis and that sounds too much like work.

But yeah, basically California is a pyro.

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From:luna_torquill
Date:June 25th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
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"It burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp."
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From:baphnedia
Date:June 25th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
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I wonder how long until the Army says 'hey, you need to go fight fires in Cali', which ALMOST happened last year. (as in, we had everything packed up and ready to go, and at the last minute we were told 'nope - you're not needed!'
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From:dracana
Date:June 25th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
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I live in San Francisco and this morning we could easily smell the fires burning from here. It wasn't enough to keep people inside around here but it smelled strongly like a nearby campfire. Hopefully the firefighters there get some help soon
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From:tangaroa
Date:June 25th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
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The Santa Rosa plain has been covered in a thin layer of smoky haze for the past two days. It is probably coming down from the fires in Mendocino.

Has anyone else noted the odd circumstance that northern California is on fire, but southern California is not? They usually get fire problems down south more severe and more often than the north. It seems they get a bye this time.
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From:natetg
Date:June 25th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
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There are plenty of fires all over the state, and which end gets more varies from year to year. Southern California is more developed, so we get more attention about things. Just like San Diego, Oakland/Berkeley has pretty frequent fires ('23, '70, '91).

For the fires to really take off, there has to be low humidity and high wind. That's basically a function of local weather conditions, so where the fires happen varies from year to year.
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From:joysweeper
Date:June 25th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Yikes. Here in Michigan, we don't really get anything bigger than a housefire very often, but the West is drier, so it's not surprising.
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