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    Quote Originally Posted by Michele View Post
    Now my niece just says that their was an earthquake.
    Was that the quake in the San Jose area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Doesn't sound like the government has managed proper fire suppression.
    This is totally freaky! I doubt anyone could have predicted, or prepared for a fire like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    I don't ever recall a fire anything like this in the area.

    I live 200 miles away, and my car was covered with ash this morning.
    Been watching videos and it's like something I've never seen. So many homes and buildings, cars destroyed.
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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....
    Not the situation in Santa Rosa, or Napa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fenrir View Post
    Hmmm, pity. Hurricanes in the east and south and wild fires out west. What, pray tell, is next?
    Snow in Colorado.
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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    California has always had seasonal wild fires, most seemed to be in rural areas. This one is getting into high population areas and scorching everything in sight.
    Part of the problem is that with the unusually wet winter, there's a lot more vegetation than usual. This is the time of year for wildfires, when the vegetation from the previous winter has had all summer and early autumn to dry out, plus you get the winds. This year it's just that much worse because of the extra fuel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    California has always had seasonal wild fires, most seemed to be in rural areas. This one is getting into high population areas and scorching everything in sight.
    60 mile an hour winds in some areas. Vineyards are considered to be a buffer from fires but not when the winds are that strong and persistent. Its probably another PGE fire. I know that in the one that burned Loma Rica yesterday in Yuba County, arcing electrical wires were seen immediately preceding it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnbskts View Post
    Part of the problem is that with the unusually wet winter, there's a lot more vegetation than usual. This is the time of year for wildfires, when the vegetation from the previous winter has had all summer and early autumn to dry out, plus you get the winds. This year it's just that much worse because of the extra fuel.
    We also had the string of 105-114 degrees days this summer which cooked everything even the grapes.
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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.
    Silverado is fine because it turned on every sprinkler in sight. The homes behind it didn't do so well.

    BTW the power just came back on this afternoon, and the firefighters have commandeered the cell towers so it has been hit or miss for getting on the internet or making calls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnbskts View Post
    Part of the problem is that with the unusually wet winter, there's a lot more vegetation than usual. This is the time of year for wildfires, when the vegetation from the previous winter has had all summer and early autumn to dry out, plus you get the winds. This year it's just that much worse because of the extra fuel.
    Just heard that on the news.

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