Yes!commodorejohn wrote:sardia, have you been to north-central California? You have to drive for hours just to find a proper forest. The real issue with these fires is major grass growth from a very rainy winter coupled with sudden die-off and dry-up due to another dry, hot, drought-ey summer basically turning miles upon miles of rolling prairie foothills into a massive, contiguous tinderbox.
I still don't understand what started such a destructive fire.
The Golden Hills of California have been burning, always.
The area that burned was Developed!
Santa Rosa is a City.
A pretty little City, but a City none the less.
Apartment buildings and Shopping Malls burned!
Those people had Not encroached on Nature.
umm...Glen Ellen burned,
That is heartbreaking.
Glen Ellen was surrounded by sweet scented forest.
Eucalyptus, Pepper Trees, Pine, Myrtle; It was Great!
Glen Ellen was Home to Jack London and a NightTime Observatory.
I spent a lot of Time in that area. Yes...
(sniff-sniff) Glen Ellen had it coming.
EDIT: Maybe, it was the stupid non-native Eucalyptus.
Thanks a lot Australia! Some of those trees are 170 years old.
They drop slippery easily burned bark and leaves.
They are a darned Hazard for hikers on steep hillsides.