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Response to Liberty Belle (Original post)

Thu Jul 13, 2017, 12:42 AM

3. Watched the fire top the ridge the other night, as the ash fell like a light snow...

Fortunately we are not getting sundowners, so the fires are (as the Fire Chief said) fuel-driven and not wind-driven. All day today we had a light breeze from the ocean, so I was able to open the house and cool it off.

But you never know.

On the first day of this fire that started at Lake Cachuma, all the campers were evacuated lickety-split -- so much so that any number of tents and some RVs were left behind and went up in flames. All the campers -- that is, except the 90 or so kids plus 40 adults who were at a summer camp around a bend in the road. They were trapped and told to "shelter in place." There were some fire-professionals there. And finally, after several hours, they were able to be rescued and some buses from the Chumash Tribe drove in and took them out.

Good luck and good neighbors.

Fires are a fact of life in California. When we had the Gap Fire 7 or 8 years ago it was in the foothills just in back of our tract. Practically a dozen people gathered in my neighbor's driveway to follow its early progress, including a houseful of college students who passed the time landmarking their young lives by the major fires they had witnessed.

Any child knows fires respect no boundaries. Any child knows that firefighters are special, that they risk their very lives to protect us and our homes. That includes the volunteers and the prisoners who volunteer.

The long droughts have weakened the trees of the forests in So Cal, so in many cases they've become infested with bark beetles and are now dead. The Central Coast where I live is a lot of chaparral. It's all fuel.

Fires respect no boundaries. It's all-hands and mutual aid agreements not just in California but throughout the Western states. It's expensive as hell. We need our tax money to come back to us as per agreement in order to manage what Nature deals out.

It takes a special kind of stupid, a special kind of entitled asshole, to squat in Washington appointing Cabinet members tasked with destroying the very departments they are supposed to run.

Gods help us.

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