Disasters, natural or otherwise

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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Mongrel » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:22 am

Not so much a news item, but seeing as how this is now the largest wildfire in recorded California history, and there's plenty of fires all over CA, are you guys down there near any of this stuff?

Going by vague memory, the areas roughly near Friday or Brent seem "fine" on CA's fire map, but I dunno about anyone else?

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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Friday » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:40 am

The Carr fire was close-ish to me. It's been raining ash outside for about a week. Sun is red all day through the smoke.

But I've been lucky enough to not have to evacuate. Thousands have lost their homes and some people are dead, including the people who fight the fires. This is, unfortunately, the new normal for California.

Our huge rainfall two winters ago just gave rise to a massive amount of underbrush, which served as tinder for the fires.

California has always had wildfires, of course, but they're worse now because of two main factors:

1. Climate Change causing more extreme weather patterns
2. Encroaching subdivision development into the foothills, where fires are common.

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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Brentai » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:42 am

A fire broke out about 4 miles from where I live but then it went the other way. I ended up just looking at the smoke and thinking "oh, I hope I don't have to breath too much of that".

I took a picture of it from the roadside, and while I was doing that I found a full lighter that had been tossed right into the dry part of the planters next to my condo. So fuck everyone.

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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Büge » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:00 pm

Speaking of which, northern Ontario's on fire in several places. I just got back from my parents' house, which is in a region thankfully untouched by the blazes, but there is still a total fire ban where they live.

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