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    SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    As you all have probably seen, the fires have kicked up in SoCal again.

    This question is for those of you that grew up in SoCal, as I did.

    Growing up in the 70's and 80's I remember the winds that would kick up in the Valley every year. I used to love running through the playground at school, spinning in the wind, using my jacket as a wind catcher while riding my skateboard.

    But ... I don't remember the fires every-year like they have been for the past few.

    Of course we had big fires, but it wasn't EVERY year, or at least I don't remember it being every year.

    Has it always been this way, or is this something new.


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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    I honestly think some of these fires might be intentionally set. Someone must've missed fire safety day at school.

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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    That's funny, I was just talking about this with my coworker. Seriously!

    -I- seem to recall there was always at least one brush fire somewhere around the Valley. Some years more, and huge, some years just a tiny one. I wonder if there's a SoCal brush fire record on the web somewhere. That'd be interesting to see.

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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    I honestly think some of these fires might be intentionally set. Someone must've missed fire safety day at school.
    I think if they were set intentionally, fire safety day at school kind of goes out the window.
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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    Just wanted to post a picture of the severity of the Porter Ranch fire.

    LAist: Here's a Photo Showing How Intense the Fire is

    It's insane.


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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    I lived the first 25 years of my life in So Cal. I remember fires growing up. But yeah, I think it is definitely worse. There seem to be more fires more frequently for sure.
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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    Quote Originally Posted by TinkPink View Post
    I lived the first 25 years of my life in So Cal. I remember fires growing up. But yeah, I think it is definitely worse. There seem to be more fires more frequently for sure.
    Yeah, that's pretty much my memory too. There was a BIG fire every 2 to 3 years it seemed like. But now, there are what, 10 BIG fires EVERY year.

    Odd.


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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    I seem to always remember fires every year in the mid 80's, but the seemed to get larger in the 90's.

    I grew up in the valley and remember the winds howling in october and november, especially in Chatsworth and Northridge.
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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    I'm not an expert and I'm not 100% certain but I think a few things contribute to why these are appearing to be more devastating. Drought is one and population is another. I lived in SoCal in the 70's and 80's and I honestly don't recall then being as frequent or as damaging. But from what I understand from Fire Management folks the combination of a denser population in and around canyons adds fuel to areas already impacted from draught. I live in fear for my friends and family when these hot dry winds kick up. Stay safe everyone! And if you have to smoke ....... USE YOUR ASHTRAYS!!!
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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    Quote Originally Posted by sunnygirl View Post
    I think if they were set intentionally, fire safety day at school kind of goes out the window.
    That's why I said they probably MISSED that day at school.

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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    Areas that were undeveloped when we were kids growing up in the Valley are now developed. Those areas may have burned back then, but it wasn't as newsworthy because there weren't homes in the path of the fire.

    Some are caused by arsonists, some by natural causes, some by back fires that get out of control. Does anyone remember the fire in Glendale in 1990? That was set by a member of the Glendale Fire Department. The arsonists can come from anywhere.

    This time or year always makes me nervous.
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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    It probably has something to do with the record low rain levels California has been getting in the past few years. Everything is extremely dry now.

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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    The most natural cause of a brush fire would be Lightning. Not an everyday occurrence here. Heck, maybe once or twice a year will we get a "lightning" storm.

    Which means that most are caused by humans whether intentionally or unintentionally.


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    Re: SoCal Fires ... is this a new thing???

    I found an interesting article on the So. Cal fires.

    California history, culture haunted by wildfires | Reuters

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