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[breaking] California Wildfires Force Evacuations Near San Francisco
#21
Feels a bit geo-engineered, like Hurricane Harvey. Hit the oil industry, hit the wine industry, no bombs, just economic wreckage and constant rescue, causing kabillions to the U.S. Too many fires too quickly and we can only pray those survivors learn what the heck a bugout bag is and where near the probable escape door to stow it.
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(10-11-2017, 12:33 AM)Fringer Wrote: Feels a bit geo-engineered, like Hurricane Harvey.  Hit the oil industry, hit the wine industry, no bombs, just economic wreckage and constant rescue, causing kabillions to the U.S.  Too many fires too quickly and we can only pray those survivors learn what the heck a bugout bag is and where near the probable escape door to stow it.

Tragically though a bug out bag wouldn't have helped those who
were sleeping and never had a chance to escape. These conflag-
rations came on insanely quickly. Why the death toll is expected
to rise. candle
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#23
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/10/sm...-bay-area/

The Wine Country wildfires have created the dirtiest air ever seen in the Bay Area, regulators said Tuesday, as they intensified health warnings about the smoke.

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“We are reporting the worst air quality ever recorded for smoke in many parts of the Bay Area,” said Tom Flannigan, spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. “This is similar to what you see in Beijing China in bad air days there.”
Soot readings in many areas have reached levels considered very unhealthy or hazardous, air quality regulators said.

And the smoke may linger for days, underscoring the need for people to stay indoors as much as possible and avoid strenuous exercise in smoky areas, air regulators cautioned.

The wildfires continue to pour tons of soot and ash into the air, and winds have blown enough to move it about without sweeping it out of the area, he said. “Unfortunately, we expect to the smoke to continue impact our air quality through the week,” he said.

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California fires: Scores missing as death toll rises to 15
2 hours ago

More than 150 people are missing in wildfires that have ravaged northern California's wine region, police say.

At least 15 people are confirmed dead and more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed by the fires which broke out on Sunday.

Nine of the deaths have been in Sonoma County.

One of the worst affected towns there is Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, where entire districts have been razed to the ground.

The Sonoma County sheriff's office said 155 people were still unaccounted for, although that could be due to the chaotic pace of the evacuations.

In neighbouring Napa County, victims included 100-year-old Charles Rippey and his 98-year-old wife, Sarah, police said. ..."

FULL STORY AND MAP OF THE AREAS OF WILDFIRES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AT LINK

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41576877
   “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.”    
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#25
It always amazes me how most of the country is still dominated by overhead power
lines. In hurricane, tornado and other adverse weather event-prone areas. Realize
we have numerous pressing infrastructure problems, but I have long thought
undergrounding should be an across the board, national priority.


http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/10/pg...try-fires/

As the first reports came in Sunday night of numerous fires that would grow into one of the most destructive wildfire disasters in California history, emergency dispatchers in Sonoma County received multiple calls of power lines falling down and electrical transformers exploding.

In all, according to a review of emergency radio traffic by the Bay Area News Group, Sonoma County dispatchers sent out fire crews to at least 10 different locations across the county over a 90-minute period starting at 9:22 pm to respond to 911 calls and other reports of sparking wires and problems with the county’s electrical system amid high winds.

State fire officials said Tuesday that they are still investigating the cause of the blazes, which as of late Tuesday had killed 17 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Sonoma, Napa and other Northern California counties.

But the reports of the power equipment failures began to turn the spotlight on PG&E, the giant San Francisco-based utility, raising questions about how well it maintained its equipment in the area and whether it adequately cut back trees from power lines to reduce fire risk — as required by state law.

PG&E officials issued a statement Tuesday evening, acknowledging the equipment troubles even as a company spokesman called the questions about maintenance “highly speculative.”

“The historic wind event that swept across PG&E service area late Sunday and early Monday packed hurricane-strength winds in excess of 75 mph in some cases,” said PG&E spokesman Matt Nauman.

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PG&E and other large utilities in California have a long history of being found responsible for major wildfires because of inadequate maintenance of their power lines.


In April, the state Public Utilities Commission fined PG&E $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked the Butte Fire in Amador County in September 2015. That fire burned for 22 days, killing two people, destroying 549 homes and charring 70,868 acres.

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In 1994, PG&E was found guilty of 739 counts of negligence and fined nearly $30 million by state regulators when trees touched its high-voltage wires in Nevada County in the Sierra foothills, sparking a fire near the town of Rough and Ready that destroyed 12 homes and a 19th century schoolhouse. Afterward, prosecutors found that PG&E had diverted nearly $80 million from its tree-cutting programs into profits.

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According to Sonoma County fire radio traffic, after the first vegetation fire at 310 Buckingham Drive in the heart of Santa Rosa was reported at 9:22 p.m. Sunday, an electrical call went out seconds later at 1047 Maverick Court about 10 miles north. The next minute firefighters were sent to a “possible transformer explosion” at Fulton Road at Old Redwood Highway more than two miles west.

By 9:25 p.m., trees began falling at Ida Clayton Road in Calistoga, about 17 miles north.
The downed power lines and trees continued as firefighters raced to a rapidly increasing number of structure and vegetation fires.

Not only did arcing wires and transformer problems potentially spark new fires, quickly spread by fierce winds, the downed trees blocked firefighters and emergency personnel from responding quickly. At about 9:52 p.m., a firefighter reported that Highway 128, in the center of the battle to contain the flames, was completely blocked by trees and branches. And Highway 101 access through the heart of Santa Rosa was shut down because of downed wires.

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#26
I got an email from a friend in that area, and even though they are far north of the fires, they are without phone or internet.
He was able to drive to an area where he could get a cell phone connection.
   “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.”    
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#27
This is more up-to-date than the one I just posted from the UK news:

More evacuations ordered as deadly wildfires scorch Northern California
By Madison Park, Jason Hanna and Steve Almas

(CNN)New evacuations were ordered Tuesday evening as more than a dozen wildfires raged across Northern California, with the largest ones killing at least 17 people as they scorched the state's famous wine country.
The largest of the deadly fires were burning in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, with flames ripping through the lush, picturesque landscape.
Officials in the city of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County called for the evacuations of five more areas Tuesday evening. Already, 20,000 people had been ordered to leave the area and other parts of Northern California. ..."

MORE AT LINK, INCLUDING A VID

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/10/us/califor...index.html
   “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.”    
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Quote:Chloe Hoskins, 7, wearing a bandanna to protect herself from the smoke and ash, checks on a neighbor's burned-out property with her father in the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa.
L.A. Times


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Rohnert Park Animal Shelter takes in animals displaced by firestorm
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(10-11-2017, 05:37 AM)shakeyflyface Wrote: [Image: la-me-napa-sonoma-fire-pictures-051.jpg]

Quote:Chloe Hoskins, 7, wearing a bandanna to protect herself from the smoke and ash, checks on a neighbor's burned-out property with her father in the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa.
L.A. Times


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Rohnert Park Animal Shelter takes in animals displaced by firestorm

I'm glad there is a shelter taking in the pets too Heartflowers
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#30
This from our church Prayer Chain ...

Robert, *******'s nephew and his family in Santa Rosa. Their home burned to the ground and they were not able to get anything out. He has leukemia and needs a chemo treatment but the hospital is also closed and doesn't know where to go. The shelters are full and he and his wife and two teenage children are sleeping in his car. Lord please hear our prayers and hopefully some assistance will be provided for this family.

... and multiply that by hundreds or thousands of equally tragic situations. Tissue
   “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.”    
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