The heat does not bother me as I can handle hundred plus degree weather, but what I hate about this time of year is the beginning of fire season. With hot and dry weather the winds can cause sparks in the brush, and now there are several fires in the surrounding areas. It was so smokey when I went outside on the way the work this morning I could hardly breath. I truly despise fire season because it puts humans and animals in danger .
Yes, however, it's not just Southern California - it's all of California! The worst two months are coming up so we just have to be ready. I had to evacuate twice last year and believe me, that's no fun. Do you realize Cali has already had over 5,000 misc. fires this year? Yes, I said 5K!
I am speaking of Southern California because that is where I live, but you are correct about how it is all of California. I evacuated during the 2003 fires, and the 2007 fires came very close to my parents house. Luckily I was living down here in the valley so my family was able to stay with me during the evacuation. California has many fires this year yes, but here in SoCal we are on high alert and enter official fire season between the months of August and November. Also, some of the most destructive fires have taken place during this months and in the South land because we have very high population concentrations. Over a million people were displaced during the fires in 2007.
I have an uncle who lives in Northern California (near San Francisco) and whenever there are fires in California (whether north or south), we make it a point to call him just to ask him how he and his family are. Those fires, from what I read in the Internet and in the news, are really devastating in their magnitude and reach. Plus I read about some people who do not want to leave their homes even though the fire is near them because they are concerned about their properties (more than their lives?). If a fire breaks out there, leave us a note SweetiePie, okay, so that we'll not worry about you .
On another note (thought about starting another thread but hey you're here), SweetiePie thank you very much for doing the favor that I asked . What you did is really a great thing and you provided just the support I need. Guess I'm not really used to this kind of a problem but I'll do my best to learn how to deal with it (and learn it fast!) because I intend to stay here for a very long time (same as you). Thanks again!
SP - how are the fires down your way? It sure looks pretty bad on the news. We've got a large one here in N.C. up by Auburn (Sacramento area).
The fires are really close to some people I know over in Yucaipa. There is a fire raging in the Oak Glen area, and these people were evacuated last night. I just hope there are no more fires up in our local San Bernardino mountains because I have family and friends up there.
Fire season here, too. But usually in the forests, and >usually< no people are threatened. Isn't always the case, when a fire was going in Oak Creek Canyon a couple years ago.
It is really smokey outside right now with all the fires surrounding us, so I hope these fires are contained soon. However, the possibility of more popping up in their place with the dry brush is pretty much a given. Glad not as many people are effected by the fires in Arizona though.
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