Tuesday, December 5, 2017

California catches on FIRE overnight

Larry Mantle (KPCC/scpr.org); Seth Auberon, Xochitl, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

In old California of the early Hollywood and Los Angeles days, about a century ago, they were afraid of these crazy Santa Ana winds.

We consider it an annoyance but no big deal. They help to clear the smog, make things annoying with static cling, and blow around junk in the yard, tear down signs, and create some driving hazards. Who knew about the massive fire danger?!

There were no fires 24 hours ago, now the San Fernando Valley is ablaze and out of control. Sylmar, a sleepy old town against the foothills of northwest LA is now a massive smoke bomb. But the winds are sending embers ahead of fires to ignite new blazes and homes. Local Southern California Public Radio (KPCC FM/SCPR.org) has continuous coverage.

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