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Post  countrynaturals on 10/11/2017, 6:29 pm

We're about an hour north of the top. Windy again here today, but no more smoke unless it changes direction again.
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 10/11/2017, 10:48 pm

The EPA has an air quality map.  https://www.airnow.gov/

Yesterday the napa area was purple (worst air).  Central Valley has splotches of red. Fresno is In the top of the red. Splotch in the vallly




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Post  sanderson on 10/12/2017, 3:16 am

Thank you for the airnow.gov link.

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Post  sanderson on 10/20/2017, 2:05 pm

It rained early this morning! Who else received cleansing rain?

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/20/2017, 2:21 pm

@sanderson wrote:It rained early this morning!  Who else received cleansing rain?
Me, me, me!! It was awesome! clap
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/21/2017, 10:04 am

YEA!
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Post  sanderson on 10/25/2017, 2:12 am

How are you folks doing with the Santa Ana winds?

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 10/27/2017, 8:12 pm

The winds have subsided and next week we will return to normal 1st of November temps.

It's going to feel cold.  Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 12/7/2017, 1:20 pm

And the Santa Ana winds return with a vengeance. The Thomas fire is the biggest at 96,000 acres and 5% containment.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/raging-wildfires-tear-through-southern-california-as-officials-warn-of-increasing-danger/ar-BBGlETB?li=BBnb7Kz#image=BBGgxrY|1

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/7/2017, 1:45 pm

@sanderson wrote:And the Santa Ana winds return with a vengeance.  The Thomas fire is the biggest at 96,000 acres and 5% containment.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/raging-wildfires-tear-through-southern-california-as-officials-warn-of-increasing-danger/ar-BBGlETB?li=BBnb7Kz#image=BBGgxrY|1
And there's no rain in the 10-day forecast. At least we have a surplus from all we got in November, but none of that made it down there to them. Sad
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Post  sanderson on 12/13/2017, 11:53 pm

From www.ca.fire.gov

Joint USDA Forest Service and CA Fire
December 11, 2017
– The USDA Forest Service today announced that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, bringing the total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to an historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres. The dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and critical infrastructure, mostly centered in the central and southern Sierra  Nevada region of the state. "“It is apparent from our survey flights this year that  California’s trees have not yet recovered from the drought, and remain vulnerable to beetle attacks and increased wildfire threat"

Size of the December Thomas Fire in the Santa Barbara and other SoCal locations.

Size of the September fires north of San Francisco at the same scale.

Number of wild fires as of June 21017.  (Note that the color of the "fire" symbols are gray because of this date, December, all of those have been extinguished.)

Number of wild fires as of September 2017.

Number of wild fires as of December 2017.  Red colored "fire" symbols are still active.

A 100+ years of average rainfall in CA.  Too many years of drought in a row and the trees become susceptible to bark beetles. Normal cycles.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/14/2017, 6:29 am

Holy cow.... So basically the entire state except for Death Valley & a little SE... I didn't realize it was that extensive.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/14/2017, 4:46 pm

That's pretty disheartening, Sanderson.
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Post  Kelejan on 12/15/2017, 12:58 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Holy cow....  So basically the entire state except for Death Valley & a little SE...  I didn't realize it was that extensive.

I feel that we get so little news of these fires as so many bad things are happening in the world that there is not enough time on TV etc. to show pictures that are similar where ever fires happen.  When I look around my little house and garden, to think of losing it would break my heart so I can certainly feel for everyone who has to start again.
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Post  sanderson on 12/15/2017, 2:55 am

I can't imagine what it would be like. Sad

Apparently, the smoke from the quarter million burned acres near Santa Barbara even reached British Columbia.

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Post  Kelejan on 12/15/2017, 7:57 am

I am not surprised, sanderson, even though we have had some cloudless skies they were not blue skies.   The fine ash must have been way up there.
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Post  trolleydriver on 12/15/2017, 10:38 am

That is very sad sanderson. So much destruction in your state. Hopefully 2018 will be better.

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Post  sanderson Yesterday at 9:01 pm

Mandatory evacuations continue as the fire gets closer to Santa Barbara and Montecito, the home to several stars.  Some of the beautiful properties are nestled in tinder areas.  In October, Ken and I visited Santa Barbara and had a nice seafood lunch, watching the fishermen unload fish. (not shown in photo)

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=montecito+california&qpvt=montecito+california&FORM=IARRSM

The slide show gives an idea of how close the fire is to the cities and communities, and also the terrain and vegetation making it so hard to contain. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/new-evacuation-orders-for-santa-barbara-county-as-winds-pick-up-threatening-hundreds-of-homes-in-montecito/ar-BBGNLCH?li=BBnb7Kz#image=BBGgxrY|1

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Post  countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:26 pm

Day before yesterday that fire was the 5th largest in CA history. Tonight it stands in 3rd place. Sad
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