California Fires

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Kizmet, Oct 30, 2019.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    Horrible situation. Thoughts and prayers to everyone out there. I have family on both sides of the state, that are on the verge of evacuating. It’s unreal and horrendous to realize this may be the new dynamic of living there.
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  4. heirophant

    heirophant Well-Known Member

    Not really. I think that the news is exaggerating it. Everyone remembers the loss of the town of Paradise last year and the Wine Country fires before that. Here in Northern California, the Kincade fire in Sonoma County this year was potentially a big deal and led to massive evacuations. Arguably those were a bit overdone out of an abundance of caution. Nobody wanted to see a repeat of Paradise. The Kincade fire is pretty much under control now.

    The most disruptive aspect was the widespread electricity shut-offs leaving millions in the dark. That was less the result of the fires than a legal environment in which the electric company would be sued into oblivion if its lines sparked any fires. So better for them to shut off the lines and not be blamed.

    In the last few days, the focus seems to have moved from Northern to Southern California. Lots of relatively small wildfires down there, that are getting lots of attention because of nearby homes (including celebrities) and the proximity of the LA TV cameras. It's still much less widespread than it was in some previous years.

    Bottom line: While it's undeniably bad, particularly for those directly effected, it's also being hyped.
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

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