Monday, October 22, 2007

California Fires

About this time last year I posted on the tough fire season Southern California was having. Two years ago was one of the wettest in the area for the last 150 years and this past year was about the driest, making for lots of dry fuel. Today's NY Times reports that this situation has made this year's fires even worse than 2006. I don't have a lot to add other than I was struck by this accompanying satellite photo taken yesterday showing smoke blowing off of the fires out to sea. This clearly shows the path of the Santa Ana winds blowing out from the desert.


R Francis said...

Which is why I find Mike Davies more interesting than the 'Naked City meets Baudrillard' rambling of BLDGBLOG.

Reid Farmer said...

It DOES put a different spin on Manaugh's assertion of LA as a big concrete wasteland isolated from the world, doesn't it?

One of the things I never got around to commenting on in that thread was that LA is much different from other big US cities in that you can drive 1-2 hours outside of it and be in some extremely empty country.