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    As I have often stated, I don't watch the news, I turn to the Golf Channel as I get ready to meet the day. This past weekend, the PGA held the Safeway Open at the Silverado Resort in the Napa Valley. They reported that the Resort has been evacuated. They showed a picture of one of the grandstands used in the tournament was on fire. However, at the time of the report it was noted that none of the Resort facilities has been touched by the fire.

    To all those living in the endangered areas, please be smart, please be safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
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    Remote forests go many decades with fires being suppressed. On the forest floor over that time a tinderbox of fallen and rotting limbs/trees accumulate. Historical practices in forest management.

    Then new housing gets built on the edge and into those "tinderbox" forest lands. So when a forest fire gets started and establishes a footing it can be virtually impossible to control/tame.

    Simple answer would be: "Just don't build houses there." But land for building is scarce and the areas are spectacularly beautiful. The temptation is too great to resist.


    At least that is the case some of the time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    News reports look absolutely shocking. Whole neighborhoods destroyed. Fire right up to population areas.

    How vast is it out there? Any Cal residents here seeing this personally?

    Many reports that many of these fires started around same time. I hope this isn't an arson issue. High winds are fanning flames.
    Mr. Thor,

    The fires started out as normal wildfires, then the wind picked up to up to 50 mph and they went out of control. Stories on the morning show today about people went to bed thinking they were safe, being woken up at 1:00 AM being told they have 5 minutes to get out. New report show whole neighborhoods wiped out. I just hope my friends up there are safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Remote forests go many decades with fires being suppressed. On the forest floor over that time a tinderbox of fallen and rotting limbs/trees accumulate. Historical practices in forest management.

    Then new housing gets built on the edge and into those "tinderbox" forest lands. So when a forest fire gets started and establishes a footing it can be virtually impossible to control/tame.

    Simple answer would be: "Just don't build houses there." But land for building is scarce and the areas are spectacularly beautiful. The temptation is too great to resist.


    At least that is the case some of the time....
    Thats about it Prag.....One of the developments that I talked about above, Fountain Grove, is one of those, and it was decimated. EVERYONE fucking knew it would go. It wasnt a matter of if but when...Napa has this problem continually every year. People want to build in beautiful areas with beautiful views.

    However, the neighborhood that there are pics of in this thread, shouldnt have happened. Embers JUMPED a 6 lane freeway and devastated another whole neighborhood, business's, shops....that shouldnt have happened. The winds were whipping with humidity in the single digits. All we heard yesterday was to save lives, not property.

    Sorry if my spelling sucks...I lost my eye glasses and cant see a thing,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michele View Post
    Im living it right now, Ive missing family members, cant go outside and holed up because if I have to leave...I want to make sure Ive got my pets. You cant go outside due to smoke. Got a call at 5:30 this morning from a family friend screaming "Santa Rosa is on fire" (a city of 175,000) Ive hundreds of friends and family evacuated at this point. My biggest concern is my (ex) mother and father in law who are at this point ... missing...(they live in an evacuated zone) we now have 10 dead and it hasnt been 24 hours yet, and they expext that to rise. Its mother fucking Armageddon out here right now. I couldnt work today, and most likely cant work tomorrow. Devastated neighborhoods....landmarks Ive know all my life,,,,burned to the fucking ground.....


    I dont think Ill sleep tonight when the winds kick up again.
    Do NOT wait till the last minute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claudius the God View Post
    Brother lives in Windsor, sister in Healdsburg, its an inferno. The whole mountain east of Santa Rosa went up, the golf course that just held a PGA event last week is gone, likely Johnny Miller's house with it. Kmart, fire stations, hotels, trailer parks, homes, gas stations, everything in its path gone in hours. Just wait until you see the footage, its like that Oakland fire but worse.
    Are they both out of the danger zone? I do hope so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michele View Post
    Thats about it Prag.....One of the developments that I talked about above, Fountain Grove, is one of those, and it was decimated. EVERYONE fucking knew it would go. It wasnt a matter of if but when...Napa has this problem continually every year. People want to build in beautiful areas with beautiful views.

    However, the neighborhood that there are pics of in this thread, shouldnt have happened. Embers JUMPED a 6 lane freeway and devastated another whole neighborhood, business's, shops....that shouldnt have happened. The winds were whipping with humidity in the single digits. All we heard yesterday was to save lives, not property.

    Sorry if my spelling sucks...I lost my eye glasses and cant see a thing,
    We can read you just fine. You stay safe,Michelle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michele View Post
    Thats about it Prag.....One of the developments that I talked about above, Fountain Grove, is one of those, and it was decimated. EVERYONE fucking knew it would go. It wasnt a matter of if but when...Napa has this problem continually every year. People want to build in beautiful areas with beautiful views.

    However, the neighborhood that there are pics of in this thread, shouldnt have happened. Embers JUMPED a 6 lane freeway and devastated another whole neighborhood, business's, shops....that shouldnt have happened. The winds were whipping with humidity in the single digits. All we heard yesterday was to save lives, not property.

    Sorry if my spelling sucks...I lost my eye glasses and cant see a thing,

    Was thinking you lived on or near the Russian River?

    Is that where all this is happening....?

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    A small bit of good news:

    Winds are expected to be lighter today, which would help the firefighters.

    Hope that forecast comes true...

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    Family is fine but the area is devastated. Building on hills and near chaparral and forests is common in California. It is easy to say no one should build there but if you know about our fires, you know no one is really safe once the wind blows like it did. Our fires are so dangerous because of fuel, terrain and wind. Of the three, the wind is the most dangerous. The wind was howling when this fire started and I don't care what you do when it blows like this, if you are in its way, you are toast.
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