Which is not to say they’re nearby- lucky for us there is a lot of inflammable stuff between us and the fires. If I had a camera I’d take some pictures.
At any rate, it’s time for fires again. We’ve had a very dry year here in California and the temperatures have been in the 90s this week. There are several fires burning around the county right now, thankfully they’re small, but last I heard 30 or so people have lost their homes.
I have heard numerous people accuse environmentalists of not allowing fires to burn. That may have been true in the past but I highly doubt that’s true today. Most environmentalists have come around to the idea that it’s a natural part of the ecosystem. Really, the people who are most unhappy about fires burning are those people who belong to the most powerful constituency in the State of California- Homeowners. The governor who says “sorry, we’re out of money to fight fires, looks like your house is gonna burn” will be out on his ass in days.
So I’m hoping that some small fires won’t hurt too many people or their homes and result in a nice barrier for all the fires that are going to burn later this year. But we’ll see. I hope it’s not too bad.
And in the time I paused to go pick up my son from school it appears that two new ones have broken out. Man, this is gonna be a rough year.