Friday, August 30, 2013

Thoughts on Wildfires

As I was driving down to Sacramento yesterday to pay for my new camping trailer, my thoughts were of the fires that burn California every year.

It is something that is always on your mind once it stops raining in the Spring until the rain starts again in the Fall. With the Rim Fire just a hair short of 200,000 acres, 34% contained, but full containment not until September 20th, and the constant "in your face" news coverage, you have to wonder when it will be your turn.

As you drive down the hill and out into the valley there are no less than eight places where fires have burned. You don't hear about them because the local firefighters just come and put them out. They're not big, but they could be. Next time you're in a Starbucks and come across a firefighter, buy him or her a cup of coffee.   

If you look at the picture below (courtesy of Channel 3) that could just as easily be my driveway.

Photo courtesy of KCRA 3 TV
People that live in these kinds of areas know that it could happen to them. Some choose to ignore that fact, some have the idea that staying and using a water hose on a 200 foot wall of fire is what they should do, and some plan the leave when the time comes (that would be me). 

Some Summers you worry more than others. Some Springs you get more water and the threat isn't so bad. Other Springs, like this last one, was not very wet.

We knew this summer would be dry. We know the fire will come. They question is when?


ps, Last update on the Rim Fire unless some bad happens.


  1. When, and are you prepared? Can't tell you how many bags of dry leafs and pine needles have to be hauled from the cabin each year. But it's got to be done.

    1. I am prepared. I've made up an evacuation list and all would need is about 15 minutes to gather and jet. You've followed me for long enough to know about raking and burning. I've got three piles for the next burn day already.

  2. Mark there's no doubt those fire fighters deserve heaps of thanks.

  3. I would have to say that firefighters have a special place in the hearts of Coloradans.

  4. Seems that we in the SE are taking all your rain this year. I've been keeping an eye on the north rim fire since I use to live in the area way back. My thought are for those fighting that blaze - that is some real rough country. Praying for rain for you.

  5. Glad to know you are safe, and from reading your comment prepared. Scary stuff.

  6. That's one thing I don't miss about living in San Diego. When I grew up I never remember people talking about a fire season. Now they talk about it ever summer. I think it's because the population has grown so much and people are putting houses where there shouldn't be any. Stay safe. Fire is no joke.