Wildfires in Northern California

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Wildfires in Northern California

Postby zoomboogity » 09 Oct 2017, 17:18

Broke out last night, thousands of acres burned. Here's hoping for the best with the BCB NoCal contingent.

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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Oct 2017, 17:37

The fires are 85-90 miles north of me and everything's hazy and I started smelling smoke around 4 am.

I heard a fire brigade captain say it's a once-a-generation fire. Actually, there are five fires that have burned over 25,000 acres so far and none are contained.

Some wineries have already burned down as has some of Sana Rosa, a fairly biggish city.
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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Oct 2017, 18:13

Now 50,000 acres and uncontained.
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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Oct 2017, 18:25

Some pics. Because it was a wet winter, lots of foliage grew. This is the worst time for a fire - everything's dried out and rains haven't hit yet.

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Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Oct 2017, 18:50

Raw footage. Winds are around 40 to 50 mph.

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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Oct 2017, 18:54

In the heart of wine country. This is really going to affect local economies up there where they survive on tourism and ranching.

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Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Oct 2017, 19:14

The fires are probably 40-50 miles from San Francisco, but here's what they look like.

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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Oct 2017, 22:47

Ironically, it's National Fire Prevention Day and Week.
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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby bobzilla77 » 09 Oct 2017, 22:51

That is seriously fucked up. Best wishes to all who are living in it.
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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby martha » 09 Oct 2017, 23:21

Get an air purifier as soon as possible for the bedroom sloop. I have spent the last three months in hazardous air from fires -- montana had 1,295,959 acres burn since July, and it really does a number on your lungs. I have had to use an inhaler for the past month from residual asthma and breathing issues.
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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Oct 2017, 23:38

martha wrote:Get an air purifier as soon as possible for the bedroom sloop. I have spent the last three months in hazardous air from fires -- montana had 1,295,959 acres burn since July, and it really does a number on your lungs. I have had to use an inhaler for the past month from residual asthma and breathing issues.


Thanks for the advice. For my son, maybe.

I smoked a pack o' day for 25 years so this is nuthin'.

My brother in law just bought a place he wants to retire to in Sonoma. So far, it's okay.
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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby zoomboogity » 10 Oct 2017, 00:32

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martha wrote:Get an air purifier as soon as possible for the bedroom sloop. I have spent the last three months in hazardous air from fires -- montana had 1,295,959 acres burn since July, and it really does a number on your lungs. I have had to use an inhaler for the past month from residual asthma and breathing issues.


Thanks for the advice. For my son, maybe.


Great advice. And don't skimp. I got a Dyson air cooler a few years ago, and some people will say it was a bit pricey, but I say it's worth every penny. These are not "luxury" items as far as I'm concerned. They do air purifiers too:

http://www.dyson.com/air-treatment/puri ... rview.aspx

There's a fire down here in Anaheim Hills (near Disneyland). It's about 45 miles from me, and we're still getting a bit of ash raining down, orange skies (no carnivals or cotton candy, though).

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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby sloopjohnc » 10 Oct 2017, 13:33

Air quality was a lot better yesterday afternoon and today.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 10 Oct 2017, 14:10

A story from Sunday night. . .

A who’s who of athletes — Olympians, Hall of Famers — fled the Wine Country fires early Monday morning after attending Ronnie Lott’s celebrity fundraiser at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa.

Former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds wound up shuttling guests who did not have rides away from Mayacama when the villas at the course were evacuated. Longtime Kansas City pitcher Bret Saberhagen left his golf clubs in the parking lot in order to fit Olympic speedskater Dan Jansen and his wife into his rental car. And onetime Dodgers closer Eric Gagne raised the alarm at a second hotel to which the celebrities were sent, pounding on doors to make sure occupants were out.

“It was a crazy, surreal night,” Saberhagen said after flying home to Southern California on Monday. “I was out on the balcony at Mayacama when the power went out and sat down, and saw the moon come up. It was very nice. And then I saw the moon turn orange and it started getting lighter and lighter. I saw the fire coming over the ridge and I could hear propane and gas tanks popping.”

Saberhagen alerted Jansen and Toronto 1993 World Series hero Joe Carter about the fire, and 20 minutes later, just after midnight, they were told to evacuate, so Saberhagen dumped his clubs and set out with the Jansens to a second hotel, where there was no more room. They were sent to a Best Western, and an hour after checking in, at about 2:30 a.m., Gagne was at the door.

“Eric was yelling, ‘Get up, get up,’ knocking at every door, and when I opened the door, smoke billowed in and I could see areas on fire,” Saberhagen said. “There was a telephone pole on fire, the grounds were on fire, ashes were flying all over the place, and what really scared me was that there was a gas station across the street.”

Saberhagen and the Jansens raced to the car, and hopped on Highway 12, at one point passing a car that was engulfed in flames. They drove all the way to San Martin in southern Santa Clara County to spend the night. Hall of Fame hockey goalie Grant Fuhr and his wife weren’t able to find rides, Saberhagen said, and they had had to flag down a stranger, who drove them to San Francisco — a journey that took six hours.

According to Saberhagen and other attendees, UFC fighter Henry Cejudo didn’t evacuate from the Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa and broke his ankle jumping from a second-story balcony.

Bonds also attended the event and was staying at Mayacama, according to friend Eric Byrnes. The ex-A’s outfielder and current MLB Network analyst told The Chronicle that he spoke to Bonds on Monday.

“Barry said, ‘You’re not going to believe this. It was crazy,’” Byrnes said. “When he walked out of his bungalow, the flames were right there, so he bounced out of there, and because so many people didn’t have cars, he was taking them all to the next hotel. He made multiple trips. He got evacuated again from that next hotel, but Barry was anticipating it, he said, ‘I know the fire is coming down here.’ It sounded really chaotic.”

Another attendee of Lott’s event, former 49ers and Mariners equipment man Ted Walsh, lives in the Fountaingrove neighborhood in Santa Rosa, and after he returned home, awoke to pounding on his front door at 2 a.m.

“I opened the door and there was swirling, hot air, and I could see all the police and firetruck lights,” Walsh said. “They said, ‘Evacuate now.’ I got my wife, kids and the dog and we were gone in five minutes.”

Walsh, wife Cybele and children Davis, 9, and Sabina, 8, and dog Lucky are fine, but the house went up in flames. A neighbor hiked up for a look and saw the entire court was gone.

Among Walsh’s prized possessions, lost in the fire: five Super Bowl rings and the gold medal he received at this year’s World Baseball Classic, along with many signed jerseys and other memorabilia.

“A lot of good stuff,” Walsh said. “There’s nothing left. We’re just shell-shocked. But this is when you find out who your friends really are, and so many people have reached out to us already.”
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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby sloopjohnc » 12 Oct 2017, 17:06

A friend's wife posted on Facebook that they were going to be taking donations from their place to Napa/Sonoma and wanted people to donate. Among the items listed was clean underwear.

Me, being me, I asked in one of the replies if the underwear was used, would they want it?

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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby sloopjohnc » 12 Oct 2017, 19:35

Just received this on one of my newsfeeds. They're sending in 900 more firefighters today from all over western states.

Firefighters have made little headway on putting out the 22 fires still raging in northern California. The fires — up from 17 the previous day — have left 21 dead, destroyed thousands of buildings and homes, and burned roughly 170,000 acres in what have become the second-deadliest in California since at least 1923. State officials said little progress had been made by Wednesday afternoon. “These fires are literally just burning faster than firefighters can run,” said Ken Pimlott, the chief of Cal Fire. #NCaliforniaFires
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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

Postby Jimbo » 12 Oct 2017, 20:49

The weed! The weed! Save the weed!!!!
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Re: Wildfires in Northern California

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Much more north. Humboldt is safe.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 12 Oct 2017, 22:09

I'm on the right side of Bay near that little blue line across from the 280 sign. Orange, brown and yellow are bad air quality.

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