Underneath a blood-red sky

October 26, 2003 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

This weekend has been surreal – I’ve spent most of my time indoors, except a few times to get out to eat or run errands. The Southern California wildfires have been sending ash falling from the skies, unless the Santa Ana winds are blowing; then the ash sandblasts your face and irritate your eyes. The streets are dirty, with black patches on the sidewalks and on the gutters where they accumulate due to the traffic.

The sun is a fuzzy orange-red ball that can be seen by the naked eye; I’m not close enough to see the sun hidden behind smoke cloulds like the scenes on TV. The smell of burnt wood fills the air, and people who spend lots of time outdoors are wearing face masks.

The usual gang of idiots will blame environmentalists for this one, but here are three facts:

  1. One fire was set by soldiers at a live fire exercise
  2. The San Diego fire was started by a lost NRA gun-toting hunter firing a flare, in the middle of a dry dead forest with 50+ mph winds.
  3. State budget cuts have reduced the number of Canadian Super Scoopers in Southern California from 4 to 2.

When you invade Nature by building into the foothills, expect Nature to fight back. Hard.

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