[Homestead] Southern California fires
lurine at softcom.net
Tue Oct 23 02:16:44 EDT 2007
Also, for every sensible home owner, you have the not so sensible which
causes problems for the other owners. People who don't maintain fire
breaks. People who cut down natives which are fire resistant (they aren't
pretty enough or aren't the "in" plant), disturb the ground, weeds and
grasses grow in their place and then the oh so bright homeowner brings in
all kinds of highly flammable shrubs they plant right up next to the house.
Earthquakes are relatively rare and rarely do much damage. Mudslides occur
because these same fools keep cutting down the native plants that held those
sloops in place for centuries.
Far too many of the fires aren't "natural" and have all too human a cause.
CalFlora and the various native plant societies have shown folks that the
natives are less likely to burn. They've talked to the nurseries about
encouraging folks to plant natives and to leave the natives alone that are a
proper distance from their houses. Oh no, can't have that, they'd much
rather push the sale of invasions that are highly flammable. Dumb and
Lynda, whose bags are always in the vehicle most likely to be used. One for
each occupant and the critters!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Bowen KI6DIU" <don.bowen at earthlink.net>
> At 10/22/2007, you wrote:
>>It seems to me that Southern California always has problems...mudslides,
>>fires, windstorms, earthquakes, lack of local water supplies, smog, etc.
>> ad nauseum. People want to live there though..go figure that on
> It is all in the weather.
> Rains come in the winters with very little the rest of the year. Fall
> pressure zones set up the winter weather pattern but create winds that
> from the desert thought canyons. Friction causes the winds to heat up in
> what are called Santa Ana winds. Dry hot desert air blowing against
> dry foliage creates prime conditions for fire. Before modern development
> lightning caused fires so the plant community became fire adopted. Fall
> fires would lay bare the ground and winter rains would cause mud
> slides. Around and around it would go.
> Along comes modern development with exotic eucalyptus trees that are
> essentially candles, power lines that sway in the wind and spark, pinheads
> who smoke and throw ashes out the window, and sub humans who like to set
> fires just for the fun of it.
> Lack of water supplies is caused by too many humans all wanting to live in
> the weather and smog by all those humans wanting to live outside the
> smog. Get rid of the people and you still have winds, fires, mudslides,
> The rest of the country has floods, tornados, hurricanes, blizzards.
> all you can do is be prepared. How is your go-bag?
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