Monday, August 27, 2018

Ashes to Ashes



I will read ashes for you, if you ask me. 

I will look on the fire and tell you from the gray lashes 
And out of the red and black tongues and stripes, 
I will tell how fire comes 
And how fire runs far as the sea
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By Carl Sandburg


Fire all throughout the Southwest--it is burning, eating and consuming every single thing in its way.

from a distance
Residents are looking back at the fire, as they drive away with just clothes and photos.

Dry dry air, heavy and suffocating.  Sun scorching burnt earth, 100 degrees or more. Tinder dry vegetation, ready to burn.

Oh, God!  Please protect the firefighters!  

Oh, God! Bless families whose homes are burned to the ground!

Every summer, I post about wildfires.  In 2014 , we could see the flames from our house. 1994 at a school where I taught, ashes covered playground and swings. That one was called the Witch Creek Fire

Below are photos I took from our house in 2014.






Fires like these will happen until December. Last year, many wineries near Napa were ruined and burned. It took three months to extinguish that fire.

P.S. This was a re-post updated from 2014.

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    1. We see them from a distance, altho there was one in Murrieta in the unincorporated area. It was no way close to us, burned really nice homes perched over canyons. We could see it. Smell the smoke.

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  2. Our fires are mostly started by hooligans - every one of whom should be shot on sight. As one who lived through fire and body burns I have strong feelings about anyone who causes flames to rise.

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    1. Burns are excruciating, but on a large scale? Unimaginable.

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  3. I can't imagine the horror people see watching those flames approach. Thank God for firefighters and may they stay safe.

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    1. Last year in the Thomas fire up north. the fire covered the distance of 2 football fields (200 yards/600 feet) in mere seconds. Some people were caught by it, died.

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  4. You're a bit too close to those fires for my taste. Years ago from where I lived I could see some fires burning on the mountains above Pasadena, but that was many miles from me and posed no threat to us.

    We've been having overcast mornings of late and I've wondered if the smoke has had any influence on the cloud cover. I've gotten used to June Gloom, but cloudy August mornings I don't recall from the past.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. We can see the flames, but firefighters work to deter its path.

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  5. Yup. Climate change isn't for sissies.

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  6. Sure not a sight anyone wants to see.

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    1. We can smell the smoke even before we see the flames.

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  7. A terrifying and sadly familiar sight. Our fire season has started (before winter ends) and already a firefighter has lost his life.

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    1. There have been some horrifying wildfires in Australia and New Zealand. Drought spares no country.

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  8. Terrifying. Be safe. This year and every year.

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    1. Thanks. My daughter in Switzerland has said that fireworks were forbidden on their annual country founding because they were having a drought. Can you imagine a fire there?

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    2. Fortunately, we don't get them nearly as much in the east by the risk is still there. One year, there were terrible forest fires in Quebec and the smoke made it as far as central Vermont.

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    3. Global climate change? Oh yes. Today the temperature on the east coast is nearly or over 100 degrees. We get those temp. frequently, but along the east coast?

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  9. Hi Susan - even if it's a re-post ... it is still terrifying what's been going on - and I wish everyone safe and well ... take care - Hilary

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  10. How sad that this post from four years is just as applicable now as it was then... and it's likely to be the case for years to come. There were wildfires in south GA a few years back that were so widespread, the smoke filled our air here in the Atlanta area. Living in close proximity to one of those massive fires has to be terrifying. God bless the firefighters who risk their lives fighting these monsters.

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    1. We are in a well-established community where we can see the fire but far enough to feel safe.

      I remember GA fire! I always thought of Georgia as being wet and humid enough to escape such fire. Clearly I was wrong. I pray that this doesn't happen again ever.

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  11. Fires are imposing creatures of destruction and provoke so much outrage, despair and emotional upheaval in tormented survivors left behind - whole communities and lives are shattered. My heart goes out to you all.

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    1. We can watch from a distance fortunately. "imposing creatures" is an apt well stated observation.

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  12. God bless the firefighters. As the years go on it is going to be more and more difficult for them to work on these fires. I think this year proved that. And it isn't over yet as we learned last year. In addition to the people, I also mourn the wild life, all the animals, bears, bob cats, cougars, and all the smaller ones, the ones that creep and crawl, the young birds, and on and on......

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    1. Wildlife are pushed down away from the fires. This means some will show up in communities. there was a cougar on the trash dumpster at our church.

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  13. My heartiest sympathies and prayers are with all people who suffered with natural disaster or men created destruction i guess !

    i am really sorry that every year you experience or observe such painful situation my friend!!!

    i think there must be some way if government take the matter seriously before it occurs
    hugs!

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    1. Dept. of Forestry is being more aggressive in culling out diseased trees. Owners of property with a lot of brush have the responsibility of mowing those and grading them under.

      Only so much can be done, when the high temperatures and dry wind stir tragedy up.

      I have so enjoyed your blogs about your family!

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  14. The fires are so scary. I can't imagine seeing that from home.

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