We\’re good – That\’s because there is nothing left to burn. I shouldn\’t say that – yes there is – we have dodged a bullet this year – it just wasn\’t our turn. I just am never relaxed until we get a few weeks of rain. Then I can relax! However…
It was bound to happen – the coastal mountains where I am from – southern San Mateo County bordering Santa Cruz county is on fire. I cannot ever remember a fire this large that would break out. It\’s a redwood tree rain forest. It gets plenty of moisture from the summer fog. The redwoods make their own moisture in the way of humidity. But as people keep encroaching inward toward the groves of redwoods, they are changing the trees\’ unique environment. Coast redwoods contain a significant amount of the chemical tannin in their bark (a natural flame retardant) and in their heartwood. Fortunately, the tannin does not burn easily – It\’s the necessary \”supporting cast\” of other trees and ground covers that complete the overall health of a Redwood Forest that is most vulnerable now which could affect the Redwoods years in the future.
Many Silicon Valley BIG WHIGS live among the redwoods.
|Amazing photo from a friend of mine – looking toward the East Bay|
On the other side of the bay area is the SCU Lightning Complex which is located in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties. That would be \”across the bay\” from where I grew up and lived till 2008. The East Bay is very populated. The south-eastern tip of the fire also goes into the outer Silicon Valley.
These fires were started by lightning – mostly dry lightning and down in the bay area where it is mild most of the time got hit with some hot weather making it a perfect storm for possible fires. I hate to see it happening to my old stomping grounds. I remember the Oakland Hills Fire back in 1991. Here we are, across the bay in San Mateo and we were blackened out with intoxicating smoke. MY little boys were playing out in front and I called them in. We watched as people\’s homes burned to the ground on television.
During our fires the last few years – that totally devasted the town of Paradise and part of Redding and left nothing more to burn in the Shasta Forests – urban people from the bay area, demanded that we pay for the fire ourselves because we chose to live in these areas. I wonder if these elitists feel that same way now. The politicians, which are from the urban areas, started legislation that would punish the rural areas of California. California has 53 Representatives. 46 Democrats. and only 7 Republicans and every election they keep gaining more control.
Nevermind that Trump said all we need to do is \”rake the forest.\” He doesn\’t know anything about forest management so yes, that was a very ignorant statement. However, we should have been doing a better job. Cleaning up the undergrowth does not hurt the forest. Our city has taken it upon itself, with no help from the State of California, to utilize goats to clean up the undergrowth. Many rural areas are doing the same. Cal Fire does conduct \”controlled burns\” throughout the Spring months. The fires we had 2 years ago – the landscape is still littered with the burnt debris of trees. I remember when I was a girl scout many many moons ago, we would go into forests and replant trees after fires and that was one of the most satisfying projects I have even been a part of. They don\’t do that anymore. I hate to give credit to the lumber companies but they are the ones who have replanted trees in national forests 20 years ago – they wouldn\’t have benefitted from those trees. If was an act of goodwill. Those trees now are thriving in many of our protected forests.
BOTTOMLINE – You can\’t believe the media – you can\’t believe the urban elitist politicians that have taken bribes from environmental groups – I live here. I used to believe that all lumber companies were the bad guys until I moved up here and heard from the people who have lived here all their lives.
There are always 2 sides to the story and you have to have the patience and opened mindedness to decipher the overall agenda of the 2 sides and then the hard part is to ADMIT, you may have been wrong. (Like I did.)