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California fires

My parents decided to take a trip down to Idyllwild and happen to be five miles east or so of the cottonwood fire burning there which is thankfully 75% contained (my parents are fine). It isn't nearly as large as the fire burning near Acton, which is at about 35,000 acres, 5% contained and where people think they can avoid the fire by jumping into their jacuzzi. It leaves me wondering what people think an out of control wildlife wildfire is, if it's just a big version of that little fire burning in your fireplace. I mean, seriously, the jacuzzi? Geez, people.

Also, please evacuate when those orders are issued. It's hard enough dealing with a raging inferno, firefighters and rescue personnel shouldn't have to deal with idiots deciding they can fend off a fast-moving wall of 80-100 foot flames. No offense to any beloved idiots on my f-list who have done just that. I still love you.

Lots of reason create the perfect firestorm. We're in our third year of a drought. We plant homes in the middle of terrain that is very nice and private but also very difficult to access with fire vehicles. And then we do not let nature take its course when fires are sparked by lighting. I'm not saying to let homes burn, but these are situations created and exacerbated by humans (as usual).

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zebrallama
Aug. 31st, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
It leaves me wondering what people think an out of control wildlife is

Caramel says "It's me! It's me!" Wishful thinking, little one.
rinalia
Aug. 31st, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
I swear my dyslexia is getting worse by the day!

Caramel is definitely at the top of my "out of control wildlife" list.;)
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