Saturday, June 28, 2008

Still Burning

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We are nowhere near any of the many fires burning right now in California, and yet our air is grey. Last night, we didn't have a sunset at all. The sky faded from pale grey to charcoal grey to black. Eerie.

The local government is encouraging people to stay inside, and to avoid strenuous activity. The weather forecast calls for "smoke."

This map shows the status of fires in California at 8am on Friday (for some reason, I can't open the image for Saturday). It really is worth clicking on the image, and reading the information. The number of acres burning, and percentage of containment is astonishing.

I can't imagine what life must be like for people living near these blazes.

7 comments:

Beach Gal said...

Wow...that is a lot of wildfires!
We've had one burning in Southeastern Virginia, Northeastern North Carolina for a few weeks and the smoke here is pretty bad.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Is that in the Great Dismal Swamp fire?

Beach Gal said...

Yes, Lisa, it is. I hope the 'boxes that are planted there don't get consumed!

greg said...

We'll know in about two weeks what it's like there, we're moving to Chico. Maybe we'll get to see you more often.

--greg
http://gregweddig.net

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for good air quality - in Santa Barbara we were just over the hills from a fire all last July & August (240,000 acres burned) and it's no fun not going outside for most of the summer. The only "good" thing is that pretty much everything that's hard to reach by firefighters and could burn already did, so we know it's unlikely that we could have a fire nearly as threatening for the next decade or 2.

Anonymous said...

I actually saw on tv where you guys are called an "ozone action day" and live under a "code purple".

Apparently code purple is the most dangerous, and thus no one is suppossed to go outside, not just kids and the elderly and asthematics.

Annalisa

Anonymous said...

So much for overconfidence. Now a few days later, we have a fire right next to Santa Barbara, only 5% contained.
- Spencer

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