California WildFires 2017

34 pot farms have burned down in California wildfires

included in his statewide tally. He's still trying to reach the remaining five.

He said the farmers are "thankful to be alive," but the devastation is "heartbreaking," especially since none of them are insured.

Allen said the fires happened with "uniquely bad timing." California's legal recreational marijuana market is slated to launch on January 1, and hundreds of dispensaries and stores will need stock on their shelves.

Also, he said many farmers have used their savings to apply for state permits, which costs as much as $50,000.

Federal law prohibits banks and financial institutions from participating in the marijuana industry, even in the eight states*where recreational pot is legal, because marijuana is illegal according to federal law.

Federal prohibition makes it difficult for cannabis farmers to get insurance."

*more at link
Finally, rain in Northern California helps with deadly fires

"The first of the deadly Northern California wildfires to spark up nearly two weeks ago was fully contained by firefighters Thursday, who welcomed cooler temperatures throughout the disaster zones and the region’s first rain since the blazes began."

"Full containment of the calamity’s most destructive wildfires in Sonoma County was pushed from Friday to Tuesday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

Yuba County’s 9,989-acre Cascade Fire was 100 percent contained Wednesday evening, meaning firefighters have surrounded the blaze with control lines to stop spreading and allow flames to burn themselves out."

Full containment on N. Calif. wildfires delayed, but hopes rise with rainy forecast
Overnight rains have little impact on Sonoma, Napa county fires

"Overnight rains didn’t give a significant boost to containment numbers for the Napa and Sonoma county fires, yet all blazes continue to near full containment.

“The rain is obviously very helpful, but we still need to build containment line on the ground,” said Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal."
"The Atlas fire in Napa and Solano counties is 87 percent contained after burning 51,624 acres and destroying 445 homes, Cal Fire reported Friday morning.

The Nuns fire, which has torched 54,382 acres from Santa Rosa to Napa County, stands at 85 percent containment, Cal Fire said.

The Pocket fire is 82 percent contained after blackening 16,552 acres, Cal Fire said.

While the fire received the most rain overnight, there are “a couple islands of fire they need to clean up and burn out,” Lowenthal said.

The deadly Tubbs fire is 93 percent contained after burning thousands of homes and 36,432 acres from Santa Rosa to Mount St. Helena, Cal Fire said.

“It’ll take two days for the full drying process,” Lowenthal said. “We’re trying to take advantage of the weather and button-up as much as we can.”

Mendocino County’s fire in Redwood and Potter valleys now is 95 percent contained, having burned 36,523 acres, according to Cal Fire Friday."
(I bet these firefighters are ready for a beer, or two, or ten! :drink: )
(Article from 5 days ago)

"Devastating fires charring California have claimed more lives than any fire in the state's history, and the economic toll is predicted to climb to $85 billion.

"These wildfires, especially in Northern California, are particularly devastating,” said Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather.

“We estimate the California wildfires will profoundly affect the economy of California. The cost to contain and fight the fire and deal with the aftermath will be in the billions. And, the loss in tax revenue from businesses no longer around, including the vineyards; the workers who have lost their jobs and can no longer pay taxes as well as other impacts will be quite costly. This will create a hole in the California budget, which may necessitate an increase in taxes. If California has to borrow more this might negatively impact its bond ratings and it will have to pay higher interest rates on all borrowings, which can cost upwards of 10s of billions of dollars. At this time, we estimate the economic impact of the fires is already approaching $70 billion dollars. Based on our forecast the total costs from this disaster on the economy would exceed $85 billion and, if the fires are not contained in the next couple of weeks, the total economic impact could even reach $100 billion.”"
Aided By Rain, Bear Fire Containment Reaches 40*Percent

"The Bear Fire in unincorporated Santa Cruz County has burned 320 acres and is 40 percent contained as of 9 a.m. Friday morning, according to Cal Fire."


"Despite the progress on containing the blaze, the rough terrain and heavy timber in the area increases the challenge of full containment, according to Cal Fire."

(cvaldez, still doing ok? What's the latest near you?)
My landlady is in charge of the emergency room at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. She tells me 14 of the staff have been left homeless, including 4 doctors. Even before the fire, the Ukiah area had less than a 2 percent vacancy rate. Doctors and other medical professionals may end up moving out of the area and leaving UVMC short staffed.
I think about the animals and how helpless they are. Devastating.

California Fires Enter the Heart of Los Angeles


Southern California firefighters race against time, winds

It appears there is a thread in progress created yesterday by byo again for the Southern California fires currently in progress:

CA - Wind-Driven Thomas Fire Explodes to 31,000 Acres; 150 Structures Destroyed
Fires in Ventura County California Burning Homes and Thousand of Acres of Land
This is so sad and scary! Please stay safe everyone. Xoxo

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