Monday, October 22, 2007

Fire Season!

The Santa Ana winds have arrived in Southern California bringing with them high heat, hurricane force winds, sand paper skin, clogged sinuses, and even poorer air quality. But the biggest and most destructive side effect of the Santa Anas is FIRE. These seasonal hot dry winds parch everything in their path, turning the already dry terrain into a tinder box. One spark, careless cigarette butt, downed power line can mean the difference between home and homelessness, life and death.

Right now fires are ravaging across Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, stripping beautiful areas down to scorched earth and leaving structures in rubble and people without homes. It happens every year and every year we watch in horror and helplessness.

I live in the City of Los Angeles on a busy street surrounded by concrete and minimal vegetation. The fires have expensive tastes. They prefer the lovely and expensive canyon areas and upscale homes. But then, don't we all.

Whenever and wherever I travel, people ask me about California earthquakes. I don't mean to minimize the destruction of a very large earthquake, but they don't happen very often. The fires, however, are annual. People say California doesn't have seasons. Not true, fall is fire season.

I've e-mailed many friends this morning who live in this season's fire areas, hoping I get a response and knowledge that they are safe.

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