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Way Off Topic - Southern California Wildfires

Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 06-12-2017 at 18:19 pm

Some of you may know that I live in Los Angeles.  My house is in the evacuation zone for the Creek Fire still burning in Kagel Canyon.  While I am evacuated my house is under no threat from this fire.  In addition, I do not know of anyone (or their whisky collections) that are under threat from the Creek, Thomas, Skirball or Rye fires.  


If things change drastically, I will let you know.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 06-12-2017 at 18:49 pm

Rich, I hope everything goes OK and nothing gets damaged, a guy on another forum also mentioned that he was moving out today, fingers crossed for all of you.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 06-12-2017 at 19:31 pm

Rich, I hope everything goes OK and nothing gets damaged, a guy on another forum also mentioned that he was moving out today, fingers crossed for all of you.


+1

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Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 07-12-2017 at 01:30 am

Ok, status update:

https://firemap.sdsc.edu/

You can view the burn areas and where the fires are active. 

I am still under evacuation orders so I will be staying elsewhere and personally am in no danger.  Just stuff that is still at the house.  My house is located west of the burn area for the Creek Fire and I don't expect problems.  However, winds tonight are expected to sustain at 40 to 50 mph with gusts to 80 mph.  Think Tropical Storm strength.

That said, I found out a little while ago that friends are located in the fire area.  They are being treated for smoke inhalation.

djmaxliving
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 07-12-2017 at 01:53 am

The sad relativity is this is the second time Los Angeles has been hit my wildfires this years, I think these events will become more common in the future ahead and more intense, due to climate change. Being prepared should be one goal but it never helps with the fact it will destroy everything you treasure, all the best.

Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 07-12-2017 at 17:41 pm

The sad relativity is this is the second time Los Angeles has been hit my wildfires this years, I think these events will become more common in the future ahead and more intense, due to climate change. Being prepared should be one goal but it never helps with the fact it will destroy everything you treasure, all the best.


??????????  Are you talking world wide?  


Southern California experiences a series of wild fires EVERY year.  Most of the time you don't here about them because they do not threaten population centers.  Many of them end up being small because they do not occur in combination with the Santa Ana winds.

Wildfires in southern California have intensified because of man's desire to control the environment.  Whereas the area used to experience wildfires in areas more frequently, man has suppressed the natural fire cycle such that the fuel build up is much greater.   Places that would typically burn every 20 to 30 years are going 70 years without burning leading to much more intense fires like we are experiencing with the Thomas fire. 

djmaxliving
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 07-12-2017 at 18:49 pm

Ganga wrote:

djmaxliving wrote:

The sad relativity is this is the second time Los Angeles has been hit my wildfires this years, I think these events will become more common in the future ahead and more intense, due to climate change. Being prepared should be one goal but it never helps with the fact it will destroy everything you treasure, all the best.


??????????  Are you talking world wide?  


Southern California experiences a series of wild fires EVERY year.  Most of the time you don't here about them because they do not threaten population centers.  Many of them end up being small because they do not occur in combination with the Santa Ana winds.

Wildfires in southern California have intensified because of man's desire to control the environment.  Whereas the area used to experience wildfires in areas more frequently, man has suppressed the natural fire cycle such that the fuel build up is much greater.   Places that would typically burn every 20 to 30 years are going 70 years without burning leading to much more intense fires like we are experiencing with the Thomas fire. 


Yeah, climate change doesn't just effect one part of the world, however some part of the world will be more affected than others. Southern states of America are more prone to wildfires in general, but I have notice over the last few years the damage caused by wildfires on population areas has become worse. Seven of California’s 10 largest modern wildfires have occurred in the last 14 years.  

 Human control does mean fires have more fuel as you stated and building in areas once woodland/ shrub land won't help but to stay climate change is not involved to some degree is wrong. USA had one of the worst Hurricane season on record, look at Irma ?


  Edited on 07-12-2017 at 18:50 pm
Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 08-12-2017 at 07:03 am

Wow! sigh.

Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 09-12-2017 at 23:55 pm

As a final note, the firefighters have managed to get significant containment on the fires.  The exception is the Thomas Fire.  My nephew's in-laws home in Ventura survived based on the vigilance of the neighborhood.  As the winds subside, I expect that the containment of this fire will grow.  



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