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September 9, 2009

Full day time-lapse video of California wildfire

Is it just me or does this seem to happen every year, each time a bit more threatening to greater L.A.?

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September 9, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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Most of California's ecology is what is called a fire climax ecology-- that is, the native plants and trees are designed to burn, and the ash helps kickstart the next growing season. Some of the pines in California will not drop seeds until they've been exposed to extreme heat.

The exponential growth of metropolitan areas in California has put many homes in the middle of these ecologies. Those expensive homes up the canyons with beautiful views are sitting in natural chimneys that draw the fire upwards.

These fires are an annual occurence in California. My father and uncles used to get summer jobs with the California Department of Forestry as firefighters during the 50s and 60s. Back then, though, the fires tended to be sparked by lightning strikes. Now, with more and more people who aren't brought up by summer firefighters running around the state of California, you get more and more of these kind of fires started by idiots.

Posted by: Mary Sue | Sep 9, 2009 11:41:13 AM

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