California Fires

Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshivView Post

Too bad they couldn't just push his damned fire-starting *** into the flames.

a man suspected of starting fires was killed when police opened fire on his car after he rammed a cruiser trying to drive away.
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

...and he hacked up a rock and he totaled my car. Billy the Mountan worked for Zappa, but Santa Anna winds are seasonal. A few arsonists? Maybe. A pissed-off Mother Earth? That's stretching it....


In a sense, You are all correct...

Its a guys can grasp that...and its a very special system...its alive.....
Truly, I did not think we made 'em that dim any more. Driving out of a Los Angeles hillside neighborhood this week, I stopped for a red light. In the car in front of me, the driver was smoking, languidly hanging his cigarette hand out of the window between puffs.

The wind was up and dry leaves were stirring. I watched his cigarette hand the way the fellow in the crow's nest on the Titanic must have watched the looming iceberg.

And then he dropped the burning cigarette butt in the street.

I was, as the English say, gobsmacked. The radio was reporting more acreage, more homes chewed up by fire. The sun was being caramelized by the haze of smoke. The ash was blowing in wisps off my windshield wipers. And this man flicked a lighted cigarette out of his car.

I leaped out of my car and hurried to stomp on the smoldering butt, grinding it out in the street. ''Are you nuts?'' I told him loudly -- my voice was shaking from the astonishment at what I'd just seen. ''The state is burning up around here, and you toss out a lighted cigarette? That's how these fires start! Be careful!''

He responded with some obscene insults. Then the light changed.

It's a misdemeanor in California to toss a lighted cigarette or cigar or match like that, but the cops I called told me they couldn't do anything -- they had to see it happening.

Something of the same happened to me in February, in stopped traffic on a major freeway. A man dropped his burning cigarette out of his truck. When I told him that he'd get a ticket if the CHP saw him, he answered that they'd let him off -- he was a sheriff's deputy.

I wonder about that deputy now. Has he been out directing traffic as people evacuate their smoky neighborhoods? Does he live in Canyon Country or Santa Clarita, and is his own home threatened by fire?

And what do you suppose he'd say to some man who tossed away the glowing cigarette butt that started the fire that burned down his house?

Patt Morrison, Huffington Post
lone wolf
Amazing how thought isn't something that occurs in some folks....

Those people are the same people that think it will never happen to them(their house being burned down, etc.), so they don't really care. Pretty pathetic, actually.
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

Yikes! that's bad bad news. Seems like climate areas are shifting. What was once tropical may become desert.

Dearest Twila,
You are so astute. I have not seen the map that was earlier shown, but I've seen similar one.
Recently, our weatherman said, "Welcome to Phoenix." We are about 800 miles west of Phoenix.
Talk about shifting weather patterns! We were having some very hot weather in Oct. - that's all.
Nothing that bizarre.

In Texas, we went through 2 years of drought, and the lake I live on nearly dried up. There are 27 lakes in a circle around the DFW area, and some were worse. Then we had 2006 - the Year of the Monsoon. We nearly floated away! Our lakes are SO full, most are unusable because the boat ramps, picnic areas etc. are under water. So, now Texas is not considered in a drought area. I wouldn't say we have ever been "tropical" - but you've definitely got the idea.


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