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jsorense 11-12-2017 10:08:57

Wild fires sux!
We are still outside the “voluntary” evacuation zone but we are packed up and ready to go if the call comes in. We may have to leave anyway because of the hazardous air quality. This sux!
I blame Bossman, and Trump, of course. :tizzy:

Oerdin 11-12-2017 19:36:42

That sucks, dude. Best wishes. My family has had to evacuate twice before and it was never fun even though both times the family home was spared. I was working up in Murrieta so I saw the Liberty fire get going plus I have to drive back home south on the 15 so I saw the glow of the Lilac fire. I am not sure which of the half dozen fires are near you but it is pretty much most of Southern California effected at this point.

I hope you aren't effected but even so consider reviewing your fire insurance coverage because a lot of people are finding they are only partially covered.

jsorense 11-12-2017 20:53:58

We are just west and south of the Thomas Fire. The smoke and ash is not quite hellish, maybe just the first level?

zmama 11-12-2017 23:56:14

The toasting marshmallow level? Stay safe and get the fuck out of there if it gets any closer!

jsorense 12-12-2017 00:47:27

The air is pretty crappy but the fire front has stabilized. It is not threatening to charge down off the mountain and burn us out, at least not right now.

The Mad Monk 12-12-2017 05:32:00

Be careful!

zmama 12-12-2017 15:21:54

More proof that climate change is a hoax made up by China! :gasmaske:

Oerdin 12-12-2017 15:39:04

We are in the middle of the rainy season and there has been no rain. Zero. Nada. Zip. Nothing. It is not unusual to get some Santa Anna winds this time of year but these ones have been much stronger (gusts up to 80mph), much drier, and have lasted much longer than usual. If those winds die down and we go back to our usual breezes from the sea then that will bring in some humidity which would help.

The Mad Monk 13-12-2017 17:02:20

There has apparently been a ridge that's been forcing everything northwards; hopefully it will dissapate soon.

jsorense 13-12-2017 18:39:55

That ain’t happening yet. ��

Oerdin 13-12-2017 21:31:32

There is supposed to be a pick up in the Santa Anna winds this evening.

jsorense 13-12-2017 21:41:17

Here come those Santa Ana winds again.
[Bad News.]

zmama 13-12-2017 22:51:28

Santa Ana sure hates you :(

jsorense 15-12-2017 02:55:30

Yeah, we caved in and self evacuated. No more smoke and ash and fire for the next few days. ��

zmama 15-12-2017 14:26:38

Hope you are breathing better!

jsorense 15-12-2017 16:51:43

Yup,we are now refugees in the seaside town of Morro Bay.:cool:

zmama 15-12-2017 17:21:05

Uh oh, don't say refugees. You'll get kicked out of the country!

jsorense 15-12-2017 18:25:24

“No, you don’t have to live like a refugee.” :nervous::eek::ninja:

zmama 15-12-2017 19:17:28

:cry: Wildflowers

Oerdin 15-12-2017 19:55:20

A firefighter was killed fighting the fire. It looks like more evacuations too. I hope everyone's houses get saved.

jsorense 15-12-2017 20:27:37


Oerdin 18-12-2017 17:10:20

45% contained. It is sad that the Santa Barbara zoo had to be evacuated. Back in 2001 I can remember a friend who worked there and they let her have her birthday party at the zoo after hours. We all had a little party in the picnic area on a hill over looking the ocean to the sound of elephants trumpeting and lions roaring in the background. It was memorable.

jsorense 18-12-2017 18:28:46

Yes, it’s a nice little zoo. :bouncmsk:

The Mad Monk 18-12-2017 20:46:32

A nice but stinky little zoo?

zmama 18-12-2017 22:49:15

The Mad Monk 19-12-2017 06:47:25

He who smelt it dealt it!

Oerdin 19-12-2017 21:50:37

It looks like they are evacuating everyone from the foothills all the way down to the old Spanish Mission in Santa Barbara.

RedFred 21-12-2017 19:27:21

Further up the West Coast it is like a different world. We got some snow on Tuesday.

Flying into LAX on my way to Mexico tomorrow. I can wave as I go by.

zmama 21-12-2017 20:05:01

Nah, dump some snow on them!

RedFred 21-12-2017 23:05:57


I feel for j. My cousin got evacuated on account of the Fort Mac fire. Then they had to evacuate the evacuation centre she was at because it got too close to the fire.

jsorense 22-12-2017 07:21:07

Thanks for the snow, really!

zmama 22-12-2017 16:00:07

Aww I feel for your cousin RedFred. Are they doing ok?

Oerdin 23-12-2017 19:20:02


Originally Posted by zmama (Post 1078315)
Nah, dump some snow on them!

We could use some snow.

In other news the Thomas Fire is still going and now it is the largest in state history. It is amazing that it is still burning three weeks later.

RedFred 02-01-2018 01:34:57

Sorry no snow. US border guards are not known for their sense of humour anyway.

Thomas fire about 300,000 acres so far
Fort Mac fire (2016) 1,500,000 acres - but mostly impacting a much less densely populated region.

Back to LAX from Mexico I could not tell how things are going. LA smog looks about how it always looks.

Cousin was fine. She was living elsewhere and just up in Fort Mac for work. Depressed oil prices and a big chunk of oil production went offline up there (on account of the fire) and so she has since left the industry.

Koshko 02-01-2018 01:46:58

Meanwhile, we've had below 0*F low temperatures for about a week straight now.

jsorense 02-01-2018 01:58:16

Thomas Fire 92% contained. :beer:

zmama 02-01-2018 15:16:51

Oh I'm so glad! Ya it's Bier time! :beer:

The Mad Monk 02-01-2018 16:03:22

Good news. :)

jsorense 02-01-2018 18:21:57

We just need some rain to get the mudslides rolling. :eek:

Oerdin 03-01-2018 14:50:20

Ahh, the California natural cycle. There is the fire season followed by the mud slide season.

The Mad Monk 03-01-2018 15:42:51


Originally Posted by Jimmy Buffett, "Fruitcakes"
Paradise, lost and found
Paradise, take a look around
I was out in California where I hear they have it all
They got riots, fires, mud slides
They've got sushi in the mall
Water bars, brontasaurs, chinese modern lust
Shake and bake life with the quake
The secret's in the crust

Oerdin 11-01-2018 00:09:04

Well, a big rain storm hit so now there are mudslides in the burn effected areas. 15 people were killed in mudslides in Montecito, CA which is an extremely posh area located between the mountains and the sea. Stunning views, great weather, and large amounts some pretty lush protected forest land (well, before it all burned down) made Monecito the home of millionaires and billionaires with massive sprawling mansions.

jsorense 11-01-2018 00:20:07

There are now 17 known fatalities. There are also at least 13 more missing. The debris flows dest 100 homes and damaged 300 more. A 30 mile stretch of the 101 freeway is closed until the 15th. :(

zmama 11-01-2018 13:45:26

Sad, not #45 kind of sad, but real sad. Hope the missing are found alive!

jsorense 11-01-2018 16:51:50

:nervous: Waiting for the California Trifecta: wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes. :nervous:

zmama 11-01-2018 19:14:46

There won't be an earthquake until they start drilling for oil off the coast of California.

The Mad Monk 11-01-2018 20:19:41

Next Thursday, then?

zmama 11-01-2018 23:27:23

Yeah, seems right.

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