© Cal Fire
I am sure you’ve heard it on the news. California can’t seem to catch a break from the wildfires. New fires broke out again in Northern and Southern California and they’re devastating. I feel so heartbroken for the people that are threatened by – or have already lost everything – in these fires. 11 people have been reported dead. The Camp Fire is about 100 miles north of Sacramento. It has grown to 100,000 acres and is only 20% contained. The town of Paradise, CA was lost completely. The Woolsey and Hill fires are raging in the Santa Monica Hills and threaten thousands of people and (million dollar) homes.
It’s been super-smokey outside since yesterday because all the smoke from the Camp Fire has been pushed down the valley by the wind. You can smell the fires, you don’t even have to open the window, and I had to skip my run today because the air quality is so, so bad. The sky looks ashen.
Look at these smoke plumes.
I mean, what are they supposed to do? Cut down all the trees in California? Make it rain? Stop the winds?
I feel like he just randomly spews out messages that are not based on any facts and moreover, do NOTHING to help the situation. He should have talked about how he feels for the people of California and how the federal government can help, not just threaten to take away funds. But yeah, I guess California has fallen from favor a long time ago, if we ever were in favor with him in the first place. It just pisses me off that he doesn’t believe in climate change and that he constantly seems to blame the carelessness of people for natural disasters. But I mean, what else is new?
Please don’t listen to this nonsense. Don’t buy into his rhetoric. Wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, flooding are in the future for (if not) all of us, at least most of us, based on where we live. Our leaders should think about how to prevent and deal with these types of disasters, not just play the blame game after the fact.
I am currently hoping for the winds to die down, for some serious rain (we haven’t had any so far), and for our firefighters (and all evacuees) to be safe.