The view fron Northern California

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The view fron Northern California

Postby Stakeknife » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:29 am

Lots of devastation. Entire neighborhoods wiped out. As I'm typing this two more towns are being threatened and evacuated, Calistoga and Geyserville. Hundreds of thousands of acres are burnt, 15 dead and more by the time it's all over. 3000 structures burnt to the ground so far and that number will go higher. Lots wineries gone or damaged. Multi million dollar homes, ranches, hotels, resorts, parks, farms, family estates. The towns are like looking at a war zone. 14 or so fires are 0 % contained and they are saying it could take two weeks to get the fires under control. The smoke here is so thick you can taste it. I've lived in Northern CA for 40 plus years and seen lots of bad fires, but nothing like this.
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby Stakeknife » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:34 am

Just heard from some friends in the Napa area and they say that the roads are so crowded with people evacuating it takes hours to go a few miles. Gas stations are running low on fuel, some stations have run out of gas and only hsve diesel.
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby Mumbleypeg » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:47 am

I'm very sorry to hear about this. We've been seeing reports on the news here for the past few days. Such a beautiful area. Prayers for all the people being affected, and for those fighting the fires. Stay safe!

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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby stagman » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:41 am

Been seeing the film on Fox 10 Phoenix news here in Arizona...just a bad, bad,
situation...I feel for all of ya for sure...some shots in whole neighbor hoods look
like an atomic bomb went off !!!
The best to all of you in Cali who are affected by this disaster

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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby bestgear » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:25 pm

Thanks for the update Ed. I saw on the evening news last night a postal truck delivering mail to mailboxes where there are NO HOMES IN THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD! Devastating for sure.
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby Stakeknife » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:04 pm

Now 26 dead, 469 remain missing, 3500 building destroyed. 21 fires still burning,191,000 acres. Nearly 4000 people are at 24 evacuation centers and the majority are unlikely to go home for many days.
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:36 pm

Why are these fires so much more intense than previous California fires ? I know there was a 4 yr drought but i thought that ended about 1 year ago.
Are conditions drier than ever before ?
Are the homes that have burned relatively new ones that have been built at the upper end of valleys, leaving the occupants trapped by fire below ?
We had severe fires beginning 2 months earlier than normal in B.C. Over 40,000 homes were evacuated some for as long as 6-8 weeks. The intensity of these fires had not been seen here before. The reasons are very dry conditions and a many months of unusually hot dry weather.
It looks like climate change is bringing fires of great intensity to various parts of the world. Australia & Malaysia have had huge devastating fires as well as here in North America.
I think this is just the beginning and what is happening now in California will be repeated many times over.
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby treefarmer » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:40 pm

If y'all think back a few years, Florida had a terrible wildfire incident on the East coast over around Daytona Beach. One of the biggest contributors to the fire was determined to be the attitude of the environmentalists, "Thou shall not mess with the forest." Nature has a way of protecting it's self by wild fires started by lightening strikes. Man immediately stops these fires, the forest floor continues to fill its' tender box and over the years there is the inevitable fire that can not be easily controlled.
Controlled burns have protected properties for years, they provide fresh browse for the critters, they remove the build up of the volatile natural debris that collects under the trees. I just read an article that mentioned the State of California had outlawed controlled burns about 15 years ago. They didn't want smoke in the valleys and now that have smoke and destruction in the valleys.
On a personal note, we try to have a controlled burn on our property every 3 years. In 5 or 6 years enough pine straw and other debris will build up and fuel a fire that will go to the tops of 50' tall pines, causing a crown fire which is devastating. Some trees survive and some are killed by the intense heat generated by the junk that could have been removed by a controlled burn.
Apparently the folks on the left coast haven't learned this common sense approach to eliminate wild fires.
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby zzyzzogeton » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:51 pm

Treefarmer hit the nail on the head.

Natural burns occur in, well, nature. Happened all the time before man started imposing his beliefs of what is best for the land. Sorry, nature is always gonna get it right, as opposed to man who screws things up on a regular basis.

Burns remove arboreal detritus - dead leaves, fallen branches, dead shrubs, over-thick copses of undersized trees, grass build-ups. The seeds of many plant species actually require fire in order to germinate. Burning converts the dead junk into wood ash, which is acidic, pH of 4.0 to 6.0. This helps neutralize soils when they become akaline over time with calcium build up from rock deterioration (slow process in some areas).

Wildfires are also part of the natural control of animal populations. Wlldfires take out critters. Small/shortlegged animals cannot out run fast moving wildfires. Some survive in burrow, others in areas that escape the "current" burn. Lack of prey causes predator populations to drop. And the cycle begins again as the prey creatures re-establish populations.

"Naturists", "treehuggers", naturalists (not the ones who study nature, but the ones who want no changes at all) scream bloody murder when the US Forestry Service or the Corps of Engineers or the US Geological Services tries to conduct controlled burns to remove this fuel load. They don't want to see burned lands, just "green".

Take central Texas for example - the treehuggers got their way with banning the cutting of "cedar trees", aka Ashe Junipers as they are the source of cedar bark used in nesting habitat for Black-capped Vireos and Golden Cheeked Warblers , 2 birds that got put on the endangered species list.

Ranchers were not allowed to clear brush during brush clearing season, i.e, the spring when it is cool enough to work outside because they might disturb the birds in their nests. Burns were not allowed, etc.... Ranchers and farmers tried to tell folks this wasn't right, leaving all the cedar trees growing. The pre-man "natural" way of cedar control was lightning strike fires burning excess copses of cedar trees and buffalo herds trampling things flat. The buffalo herds were already gone, but ranchers were keeping the cedars in check with cutting, burning and bulldozing cedars out. Nope, you can't do that anymore.

Well, the cedar population exploded. All of a sudden, everything was collapsing. ALL bird species numbers dropped. Critter populations went down. Deer populations tanks.

Why???

Well, Cedars don't like competition. They put out allelopathic chemicals that prevents other plants from growing in their vicinity. Their shed needles blanket the ground preventing grasses and weeds and wildflowers from growing. Guess what the critters eat - it damn sure isn't cedar needles, cedar bark or cedar berries (some bird eat the berries). Reduced ground cover leads to erosion, which leads to fewer plants.

The government is now conducting burns on their stolen property. Cedar clearing is being allowed, oh but really only for developers who are building houses in the middle of all the wildfire fuel. ::facepalm:: Talk about your wildland/urban interfaces fires waiting to happen. ::dang::

When my parents bought their home near Lake Travis, the ranch land around them had lush grass and few trees other than large oaks. 35 years later, the grass is gone, replaced by acres of dense cedar brush. The once 8" to 12" of fertile black dirt was gone. Where had it gone? Into Lake Travis. When I first took up SCUBA diving in 1975, the max depth of the lake (when at the "full" level of 681' AMSL) in the cove in front of the house was 54 feet. In 2002, 27 years later, the max depth was down to 43 feet.

Joe, you're right in that we are going to see more fires like this in the future. But the reason has nothing to do with whether climate change is real or not. It will happen because in the end, nature always wins.

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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:59 am

Climate change is absolutely 100% real. There is ZERO disagreement from the scientific community anywhere worldwide.
There is a powerful lobby by fossil fuel companies to convince gullible people into believing otherwise so that they can squeeze as many dollars as possible into their coffers before the shift to alternate energy sources takes over.
The intensity of hurricanes hitting USA in the last few years is but one consequence of fossil fuel 'over-use'. The drought conditions in California, worst since recording keeping began about 150 years ago, is another.
Unfortunately i think "we ain't seen nothing yet".
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby Paladin » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:16 am

kootenay joe wrote:Climate change is absolutely 100% real. There is ZERO disagreement from the scientific community anywhere worldwide.
There is a powerful lobby by fossil fuel companies to convince gullible people into believing otherwise so that they can squeeze as many dollars as possible into their coffers before the shift to alternate energy sources takes over.
The intensity of hurricanes hitting USA in the last few years is but one consequence of fossil fuel 'over-use'. The drought conditions in California, worst since recording keeping began about 150 years ago, is another.
Unfortunately i think "we ain't seen nothing yet".
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Well, well, you sure know how to push the buttons. By using the term 'climate change' are you including the global hoax called 'global warming'? Our climate has been changing over the years since the beginning of time. It is part of life. Global warming is a hoax dreamed up by a bunch of pinko frauds out to make a profit.
And by the way, hurricanes are no worse in intensity now nor are they any more frequent than they have ever been.

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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby americanedgetech » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:35 am

treefarmer wrote:If y'all think back a few years, Florida had a terrible wildfire incident on the East coast over around Daytona Beach. One of the biggest contributors to the fire was determined to be the attitude of the environmentalists, "Thou shall not mess with the forest." Nature has a way of protecting it's self by wild fires started by lightening strikes. Man immediately stops these fires, the forest floor continues to fill its' tender box and over the years there is the inevitable fire that can not be easily controlled.
Controlled burns have protected properties for years, they provide fresh browse for the critters, they remove the build up of the volatile natural debris that collects under the trees. I just read an article that mentioned the State of California had outlawed controlled burns about 15 years ago. They didn't want smoke in the valleys and now that have smoke and destruction in the valleys.
On a personal note, we try to have a controlled burn on our property every 3 years. In 5 or 6 years enough pine straw and other debris will build up and fuel a fire that will go to the tops of 50' tall pines, causing a crown fire which is devastating. Some trees survive and some are killed by the intense heat generated by the junk that could have been removed by a controlled burn.
Apparently the folks on the left coast haven't learned this common sense approach to eliminate wild fires.
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We have verry different woodland structures here TF.
The "woods" here (Florida) are like diesel tanks.
We have plants that left alone are like bombs waiting to blow. Lighter, Palmettos, everything waxy in the plant kingdom lives here.
I get the fact that what you do is what I am talking out my butt about... just because of your location, and your user name... I KNOW you are THE person to talk to about this. NO disrespect! I would love to hear more about what you know, and learn from your input.

What I "think" is the fires we had up north are not as hot but far more continuous. It was more of a hardwood/charcoal type fire than the fueled fires in the south. I "think" this relates to Cali. Plus we (Florida) have 90% humidity/wet wind all the time.

Then you have topography... Winds flow up hill with heat. Those cooler winds contain a LOT more oxygen, and will fuel a fire WAY more than flat land fires. We have flat lands, and Cali has fueling winds.
Forge vs BBQ?

Your point on controlled burn is factual. I learned this in a few years here. Cali, actually can not control burn because they have people everywhere, Get out of LA, and the hills are FULL of old hippie camps, homesteads that people will not surrender, sheep, cattle, whatever... It's not the same as the "forgotten coast". They have people in the way of controlled burns while we do not.

100% respect sir! ::nod::


Ohhhh. Climate Change!!!! I'll start a thread on that! I LOVE that topic ::ds::
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:07 am

"hurricanes are no worse in intensity now"
The wind speeds recorded in hurricanes in USA last 2 years have been experienced before but not so many intense storms in such a short period of time.
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby americanedgetech » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:27 am

I have a post that may bring something to light. "Global warming! OUR opinions".

This planet has been changing from day one, and WE have the audacity to believe that we control it.
We only notice what is happening! ::tu::
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Re: The view fron Northern California

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:04 pm

Nobody is claiming to "control" climate. 250 years of fossil fuel burning is one factor affecting climate.
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