Skip to comments.Explosive Winds, Hotter Temperatures Expected to Intensify California Wildfires
Posted on 10/23/2007 8:37:08 AM PDT by Grendel9
SAN DIEGO Thousands more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes Tuesday, bringing the number of people chased away by the wind-whipped flames that have engulfed Southern California to at least 300,000.
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They build their homes where there is land to build. The law requires them to clear-brush the areas around their homes.
The only real failure here is the government that did not clean up government land. Hence the massive amount of fuel to burn over the cleared areas.
Arnold and his government has again failed and just like four years ago with the cedar fire, after a lot of yelling, government will again take the blame.
There aren't many places on Earth where it is guaranteed to be safe.
I guess it’s like asking those of us in Kansas why do we live and build in Tornado Alley. Odds are pretty good and it’s our home. My nephew lives there because he has a great job and a wife who is from Mexico. They don’t want to live away from her family and he probably couldn’t get the job he has anywhere else.
You are partially right. But these fires have hit areas that have never been hit by wildfires before, including cities like Valencia. Besides which, if you avoided putting a house where there might be fire, floods, mudslides or earthquakes, there’s pretty much nowhere you could build here.
That said, I’d agree that there should be a ban on any more large housing developments in rural/canyon areas in California. There’s a water shortage too, and that’s another reason to stop building.
The winds have died down a bit here, but I’m not looking forward to cleaning up after this. There are trees and branches down everywhere. I’ve been through plenty of Santa Ana’s before, and lots of us are wondering if terrorists aren’t involved because of the number of fires in different locations cropping up at once. It would be a very cost-effective way to mess with us, and it’s predictable every year so I dunno
And then days later, his job consists of flying around declaring states of emergency
Coincidence? Not likely...
I’m sooo sorry to hear this. Used to live in Oceanside in the Whealan Ranch area. Any word about the Wild Animal Park?
thanks and prayers out to you.
Seems like every news story has to make a stop at the “global warming” desk, to see if it can possibly be worked in.
Me....when I got the hell out of there.
I know everyone is worried about Magic Mountain, but I heard they are moving lots of the animals to one of the Fairgrounds, so I think they’ve got them handled. I understand that President Bush is sending out some Homeland Security people because among other things, one fire had 3 ignition points, and that’s just beyond statistically possible
3% humidity isnt normal....and most of these neighborhoods are up to code...
As a kid I used to live at the intersection of Mulholland drive and Topanga canyon. Real Estate was in Topanga was always discounted due to floods, mudslides and fire insurance was tough to get.
A vivid memory I have as a kid was standing on the edge of one of these hills some months after one of these fires and we had just had several weeks of good rain. I was standing at the edge of a huge crack in the ground the whole side of the hill was about to give away as there was nothing to hold it in place after the fire.
Hiking in Topanga canyon in the late 60’s I came across a the foundation of a huge house with a huge Iron gate, must have been a former actors house or something in the 20’s or 30’s it had been burned to the ground. In the canyons sooner or later you are going to get hit.
I would have thought Calabasas would be safe and surprised that it’s burning there, but then didn’t Atherton in the Bay Area get hit a few years ago ? And I thought that was a well developed area like Calabasas
California is a beautiful place to live you just have to be able to survive the occasional geologic episodes and natures fury.
I grew up at Tampa and Devonshire. One year one of the oil rigs at the end of Tampa caught fire, and no one could get it out. We could see it from our house between Chatsworth and Devonshire. They even had Red Adair come out, and his team couldn’t extinguish it. The Santa Anas came up and blew it out like a birthday candle.
You could be right. Whether foreign or domestic terrorists, makes no difference, it’s a horrible experience and we’ll be suffering for weeks until the fires are extinguished and we can clean up. When they catch the arsonists, they should be publically executed. My house smells like I lit the fireplace and forgot to open the flue.
Forgot to mention — I’m really thankful I still have a house.
Uhh, I recall a few years back Bush sent a bill to
Congress limiting the budget to 4% increases, but
specifically honing in on burning the underbrush
in the National Parks. The Democrats refuted the
whole package, demanding they get full okay on
all their cutesy little pork packages. Once
they won that argument, the Republicans jumped
in with all their pork amendments. Of course,
back in those days, Bush had no guts re vetoing,
so he took the blame. I have no idea what
Schwarzenneger did with the funds; I do know
he was between a rock and a hard place to find
monies for all the education/freebies for the
continuing mass invasion from South of the
I see what you mean...
Look for a plot of ground away from:
a river that overflows annually,
a valley/corridor with aridity so
low it’a a tinderbox
a below sea level plot with ocean
a plot located along tornado alley
a site that is not avalanche prone
a plot located nowhere near a major
fault line - earthquakes
In the US, it sounds like the Great
MidWest is the ideal spot. All you
have to worry about is frost bite and
shoveling snow for a few weeks.
In Europe, I’d take a chance on Italy.
Prayera wending aloft for you and yours.