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Old 10-09-2017, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wine Country's on Fire!



Over 60,000 acres and at least 1600 structures burned. Entire neighborhoods wiped out. Entire shopping malls burned to the ground. And Arbys meets a fate it probably deserved. Hundreds, possibly thousands of people all across Sonoma, Napa, and Yuba counties have been or are being evacuated.

Kaiser Hospital and Sutter Health Hospital were okay this morning, but are now evacuating as of two hours ago.

This is all from a grass fire that started yesterday. But the dry conditions and winds that packed 60MPH gusts have made that fire grow. In addition to that one, there are 13 other fires in that area that are burning out of control.

1 dead as Wine Country fires burn at least 1,500 homes and businesses, force evacuations, close hospitals - SFGate.com

Wind is blowing to the south west, which means the entire SF Bay Area is under a blanket of thick smoke right now.
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Woke up this morning to the strong smell of smoke.

We live in San Bruno. For those who don't know the Bay Area, it's just down the peninsula from San Francisco and is where SFO is located.

I've been watching some of the coverage of the fires, scary how quickly it grew from minor to OMG!
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I saw one deeeep orange sunrise this morning when going over the hill to Dublin. First thing to come to mind... I wonder what's on fire? (O.o)

Oddly enough, I had guessed somewhere around Napa since it smelled like walnut. (>_<)
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And a little earthquake in San Jose because I mean YTF not?
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Yeah, I felt that quake, but it was minuscule. Even the cat was sitting in my lap and said, "fuck it, I'm too comfy to freak out."
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/me is laughing that now this way of wording the topic has as many posts as 'help the country is on fire' has had in almost a month
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Yeah, I felt that quake, but it was minuscule. Even the cat was sitting in my lap and said, "fuck it, I'm too comfy to freak out."
We are still hanging our heads in shame over the one over here a few years ago. Building evacuations, jammed phone lines, and everything. Meanwhile everyone in cali was probably laughing at us when it was revealed how small it was.
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Further to the above photo - here's a Before And After. Horrendous.

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We are still hanging our heads in shame over the one over here a few years ago. Building evacuations, jammed phone lines, and everything. Meanwhile everyone in cali was probably laughing at us when it was revealed how small it was.

Pointing AND laughing.

Shit got real. 11 reported deaths. 100s missing. 20,000 people evacuated. An area the size of Washington D.C. burned.

The air in CA is hot and dry. 70 MPH gusts of wind weren't helping. I think firefighters get a respite today, as the winds begin to die down.
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Okay. That GIF from by the highway I posted last week was apocalyptic-looking enough. This is downright scary.

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I think it was KNTV news that interviewed the woman, who was parked in a lot by an Arbys when the fire jumped the freeway. The front of the car melted.

KCBS interviewed a nurse at Kaiser Hospital. She sad she was working on burn victims, when one of her coworkers came over and said, "I'm sorry, but your home was destroyed."

She looked out a window and saw what was left of her home. She wasn't exhibiting much emotion because she had work to do.
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She wasn't exhibiting much emotion because she had work to do.
takes a very strong willed person to continue working after you pretty much lost everything you own.
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True. In her shoes, I'd be a gibbering mess.
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At least, in times of crisis, the better nature of people can come to the fore:

https://hoodline.com/2017/10/volunte...a-fire-victims

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Yesterday, chef and restaurateur Dominique Crenn invited customers and neighbors of her Hayes Valley restaurant to come together to feed victims of North Bay wildfires. This morning, approximately 50 volunteers heeded her call, turning up at Petit Crenn with food and labor.

Donations came from other restaurants and food shops, but scores of Crenn's customers turned out to help, along with others who wanted to assist victims of fires that have destroyed 2,000 homes and killed 15 people in the last two days.


And here are some local businesses and establishments helping in various ways, from collecting and distributing donations, to offering temporary refuge:

https://hoodline.com/2017/10/how-to-...y-fire-victims

Meanwhile, the USPS persists.

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Visibility, even in the East Bay, is about a mile and a half. I live five miles from Mission Peak, and can't see it. I can't even see the cell tower down the street. Asthma is wreaking havok, and it smells like a giant barbecue outside.

I can't imagine what horror it is in the North Bay right now. Even with all the videos and pictures, it's incomprehensible.
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170,000 total acres burned. That's 265 square miles, folks. With no end in sight. Winds have picked up and now blowing southeast, which means people in Turlock are now socked in with smoke.

To give you an idea of the scale, here's a map.



Home is where I'm located, BTW, and the fires are located up near Santa Rosa.
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Has Trump mentioned this fire at all?
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Not that I've heard.

Hardly surprising...
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Nope. I mentioned I went off on Trump via twitter in the Super Callous Fragile Racist Sexist Not My POTUS thread.

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My tweet is a bit of a threaded rant, and I left it open ended just in case I felt like bitching him out some more.
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