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Oct 11, 2017 - 4:11:11 PM
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10001 posts since 9/23/2009

Sounds awful out there. Hoping for safety for our Fiddling friends who live near the fires.

Oct 11, 2017 - 4:17:52 PM



8689 posts since 12/2/2007

Same here. It looks terrible out there.

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:51:34 PM

1147 posts since 12/11/2008

I sure hope everybody is okay.

Oct 11, 2017 - 6:29:33 PM

10001 posts since 9/23/2009

I saw where somebody I used to contact online a few years ago barely made it out ... he and his extended family came out with their Jammies only...lost everything, their vehicles, everything but what they were sleeping in...had to get out fast and didn't even have time to get in their cars to leave.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 10/11/2017 18:30:04

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:58:31 PM

1292 posts since 8/27/2008

Hi, I’m out here in a rural valley near some of the fires. So far we’re okay. Yesterday the air was very smokey and you couldn’t see very far. Made me cough. I just heard that the local fairgrounds, which is a couple blocks from me, is accepting livestock from a community being evacuated over the hill. Folks around here a bit on edge.

We need the weather to change.

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:38:22 PM

10001 posts since 9/23/2009

Wishing you all the best, Brian. Stay safe!

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:30:21 AM

3646 posts since 9/26/2008

I hope things are still safe for Eric. It sounds like he's pretty close to it.

Oct 13, 2017 - 7:43:12 PM

10001 posts since 9/23/2009

Hope so too. There are a lot of Californians on fho...lots of Fiddling going on out there...I hope they're all ok.

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:36:55 AM



233 posts since 5/7/2015

I was in Portland, OR last week for an engineering meeting. On the way back to Texas, I had to connect through San Francisco. Flights were delayed in and out of San Francisco due to all the smoke, and I felt lucky to make it back home only a few hours late. Seeing the wildfires in Northern California as we flew down from Portland gave me a new perspective on it. It's one thing to see reports of it on the news. It's another thing to fly over it and see all the smoke plumes for hundreds of miles, with large areas of scorched earth in the middle of places where people obviously live. My heart goes out to those who are affected. Of all the ways nature can unleash its fury, there's nothing quite as terrifying as a raging wildfire.

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:37:06 AM
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3382 posts since 12/8/2007

I'm fifty or so miles from the fires, but depending on the winds the smoke can be downright bothersome. The flames were moving a football field a second during the worst of the fires--and they hit at night whilst most were sleeping--very deadly. I fought wild land fires for five seasons, based out of Lake Tahoe, but I never battled any blaze like these ones. Here are some thoughts I've had.

Many gum trees--Eucalyptus--were planted in the 1800s (I think) throughout the whole area of these fires, and often in rows along the roads which wind through the steep canyons. These trees BURN.

Poison oak grows everywhere. I once knew a gal who got very sick breathing in some of its smoke years back.

We are in a green desert climate, getting all our precipitation in the winter; moreover, we are one of the sunniest spots on the planet. We might have had some rain back in April but since have had blue skies every day. Look it up. We don't even get cloud cover generally. It's only blue sky. And our humidity is low. During the first few days of this fire, the humidity was around 10 percent. Perfect for fires.

We've stopped so many fires over the last century that now when a fire burns it has tons of dead logs and branches and slash to fuel it. Fires now burn hotter and faster.

Anyhoo, yes, hope all are safe and sound.


Oct 20, 2017 - 6:36 PM

10001 posts since 9/23/2009

It's been a terrible year it sounds like.

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:45:03 PM
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1292 posts since 8/27/2008

Last night it rained almost 3/4” here in Mendocino County. People nearby have suffered terribly, but the worst looks to be over.

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