The California Fires is a tragedy. My heart goes out to those who have lost everything. How many of you are close to the California fires?
If only some of these communities had hired an armed guard. They could have prevented these fires or notified fire fighters right when they started.
Crank, How could the armed guard prevent the fires?
Just a recommendation from our President.
It still does not make a lot of sense. Dont you guys have those towers in the forest that are manned by rangers watching for any signs of fire? Isnt their job to provide an early warning system?
Maybe an area with a high population density needs more towers.
The speed the fire traveled so fast couldn't have been prevented by anything. It happened so fast when the fire started.
I live about 10 miles away from the fires up here in Northern California - fortunately only dealing with a h-ll of a lot of smoke. But we were very worried those first couple days. The team working on that fire is amazing. I watch the press conferences every day.
Nate, You are close. We are about an hour or two away from the fire and our city's air is thick with smoke. Universities and colleges are closed down due to the smoke. I think some public schools as well.
Yeah, we got a lot of smoke here, in the hazardous range. Schools closed, even my job closed down because I work with people with disabilities. Getting paid though and going back next week to do other things not involving clients because they're ordered to stay home. It's all very terrible. Unbelievable. Still a little worried about some people I know who lived up there.
Not the current ones. We were under mandatory evacuation for four days in August but our area was saved.
Thoudand Oaks is my hometown. I had a big long reply and I am in such pain from neuropathy from SJS, I dropped the phone. Not up to starting again. I have to go.....
Forgive my ignorance, but how come there isn't a large fire break of a few hundred metres separating homes from forested areas? I know sparks can travel long distances and homes are generally made from timber in the US, but the further away fires are from trees, the less the risk?
Only guessing here, but grasses burn, too. Unless from lightning, fires don't start in trees; they start on the ground in grass and bushes.
You'd need a paved area hundreds of yards wide, and one that would need constant re-building as the occupied area grows and expands.
We don't have a serious problem with grass burning here because it's generally all used for pasture and kept low. However during the drought this year and last, there were were several forest fires and some occurred adjacent to bogland/fens where grass tends to grow long.
Fire breaks used to be mandatory but I think that be powers did a 360 on mandatory fire breaks.
They are saying something about a problem with a high voltage power line possibly being the cause? Given that there seem to be wild fires every year in California at some point, I don't know why they don't build more water towers throughout area.
I realize it is an extremely large area and there's nothing that can be done about the winds when they kick up as they have this year but it seems more logical than armed guards. You can't shoot a fire. But seriously, having armed guards so they can notice fires early on seems a bit silly when they have watchtowers for this purpose. If those in watchtowers don't see a fire until it's started to spread or if there are Santa Anna winds spreading it extremely rapidly like this year there's probably no way to get early warning before it's out of control.
My heart goes out to all those who have been displaced or otherwise negatively affected by the fires, especially those who have lost homes or loved ones. I pray they are able to get it under control and put it out quickly with no more loss of life or property.
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