The state, the state, the state is on fire - Baxil [bakh-HEEL'], n.
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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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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 Tahoe to Klamath???! Gods, I had no idea. But that does explain the absurdly sucky air quality.
|Date:||June 25th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)|| |
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.
|Date:||June 25th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)|| |
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.
"It burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp."
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!'
|Date:||June 25th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)|| |
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
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.
|Date:||June 25th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)|| |
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.
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.