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The Neverending Wildfire Season

Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. phrelin

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    This video shows what for me is hard to comprehend regarding what happen in Sonoma County - these folks would not have expected to lose their homes to a wildfire:
     
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    Glad you're okay. That video...damn near brought me to tears. I've never seen the like. Every home? Just gone...

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    That video brings back memories of the Waldo Canyon fire here a few years ago. Same thing just on a smaller scale. The fire started in the forest and burned down into the NW suburbs of Colorado Springs. When you live in a suburb like that there is no way you would even think of that kind of destruction from fire
     
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    Made me think of the photos of German cities after WWII. Such utter devastation. Horror.

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  5. phrelin

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    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat coverage for Sonoma County is both thorough and depressing. The list from one article on Monday is

    The firestorm that raged from Napa County into Sonoma County early Monday burned well-known businesses, schools and local landmarks, including the luxury 124-room Fountaingrove Inn and the nearby historic Fountaingrove Round Barn ... the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, a 250-room hotel, also was destroyed, as were the buildings at Paradise Ridge Winery ... Hidden Valley Satellite, a campus serving about 80 primary-grade students, was leveled by flames, as was the K-12 Christian school Redwood Adventist Academy...Sweet T’s, the comfort-food eatery on Stagecoach Road off Fountaingrove Parkway, was destroyed....

    Residents of two large senior living complexes, Oakmont of Villa Capri and Oakmont of Varenna, both on Fountaingrove Parkway, were evacuated. Oakmont of Villa Capri was destroyed ... Willi’s Wine Bar and Cricklewood restaurant...Cardinal Newman High School campus, farther north on Old Redwood Highway, lost about half of its classrooms, as well as the library, main office and a number of portable classrooms...fire destroyed the east end and classrooms at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts...the Kmart store... McDonald’s, Applebee’s and Arby’s ... businesses were caught in a path of destruction that continued west into residential neighborhoods along Hopper.​
     
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    It is almost weird how some things are burnt to the ground and some trees are standing with what appears to be no damage at all.
    That is a bad situation for sure.
     
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    Because of the situation in Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties, we don't get much, if any, coverage here in rural Mendocino County even though eight of the confirmed dead were ours. The Ukiah Daily Journal is a source. Here's the fire map as of this morning with 5% containment and we live in Brooktrails at the upper left:

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    This heat-mapping technology is remarkable.
     
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    Found it on YouTube
     
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    Unimagineable. The post truck- is he driving by what used to be trailer homes? (The metal undergirding you see in much of the video.)

    Second, it was odd to see so many trees apparently unscathed yards from the burnt out rubble of hundreds/thousands of houses.
     
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    And the body count hasn't even gotten a good start. From the Sacramento Bee ‘Ash and bones.’ Death toll in fires hits 31, sets state record.

    There are horrific stores in the article. I was told about this particular case Wednesday morning because our mail delivery person's parents live in that neighborhood and they were upset, and so was our delivery person, so she told me:

    One was a 14-year-old boy found dead in the driveway of his Redwood Valley home, where his parents were badly burned and his 17-year-old sister so badly hurt she had both her legs amputated.

    Officials still were not formally releasing the identities of the dead, but some of their stories began to filter out on social media, including the harrowing tale of a family of four who were trapped in the Redwood Valley Fire in Mendocino early Monday.

    Jon and Sara Shepherd tried to flee their mountain home with their children, Kressa Jean, 17, and Kai Logan, 14, according to Mindi Ramos, who said in an online post that she was Sara’s sister and that the family told her at 1 a.m. Monday they were leaving to escape the fire.

    “Sara and Kressa were found on the driveway badly burned and disoriented and brought to safety. We don’t know how Jon got to the hospital or how he was found. Sara and Kressa both sustained burns on 60% of their bodies. Jon sustained burns on 45% of his body.”

    Kressa Shepherd had surgery Thursday to amputate both her legs below the knee, according to the post.​

    This is a wildfire horror story. Unfortunately, there have been many before and will be many in the future....
     
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    Thanx. Depressing, it is. Looks like the neighborhood was carpet bombed. Those poor people.

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    I think they're called modular homes. Basically trailer-like modules they put together to form homes. When my father split to CA he sold modular homes there. I saw the brochures, nice places.

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    Here's the morning map for our area. One hot-spot remains on the Willits side of the fire with two in the Potter Valley direction. Crews are reportedly having trouble getting into some steep canyons to finish suppression and mop up. Again, we're in Brooktrails at the upper left about 6± miles from the fire.

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    In what one could see as an amusing contrast, the Hazardous Weather Outlook is:

    ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PDT THIS EVENING...
    ...FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM PDT THIS MORNING...​

    So I guess our plants could burn or freeze???

    Anyway, the fires are still bad in many areas south of us according to the news: LIVE UPDATES: Homes burning 1.5 miles from Sonoma Plaza; mandatory evacuation order Saturday morning for Highway 12 in Santa Rosa; fire toll 35
     
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    As firefighters are getting a handle on the fires (as of a few minutes ago in Mendocino County they've opened up the last evacuated area to "repopulation"), a second impact on those whose homes have burned, particularly in Sonoma County, is now being considered Wildfires raise fear of a ‘mass exodus’ by residents unable to afford housing.

    The deadly urban wildfires killed at least 41 people and destroyed 6,700 homes and businesses, and wiped out entire neighborhoods in and around Santa Rosa, Sonoma County’s largest city that is home to nearly 175,000 people. It’s estimated that 5 percent of the city’s housing stock is gone, with more homes destroyed outside its limits.

    “This area is middle-class,” Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore said on a recent day as he surveyed the damage in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood, which is in his district. “This is not rich folks, this is where people struggled to make their rent...a lot of plumbers, a lot of teachers. People who can barely meet their mortgage.”

    Rents have skyrocketed across the region in recent years as the vacancy rate hovers around 1 percent and home prices soar....​

    This is, of course, the thorn in California's future - extremely high housing costs in its coastal urban counties where people want to live and where work opportunities are greatest.
     
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