Surviving Fires and Smoke

For those of you living beyond the borders of San Diego County, California, you’ve likely seen on television the devastation suffered by many of our residents down here.  Where I live, Imperial Beach, we were not in any immediate fire danger.  Our problem here was smoke and soot and ash falling like snow, choking our breath, and seeping into every imaginable opening in our home.

 I’m pleased to report that my good friend Alan James (singer songwriter and performer extrordinaire) was able to return his home which was thankfully spared by the heroic efforst of neighbors and some wonderful firefighters on the ground and in helicopters.

 For you high-bandwidth users, this link provides a video that documents the situation of last week for many friends in this area:

Sign-on Sandiego Fire Video

Deb and I escaped for four days to Bosch Baha’i School in the mountains above Santa Cruz where the air was fresh and the music was outstanding.  More on that in my next post.

 ///Darrell

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2 Responses to Surviving Fires and Smoke

  1. jarome says:

    It’s sad to think my boyhood home town of Escondido is toasted. What’s interesting is right before those fires started, 60 Minutes did a special about how these types of ‘megafires’ are going to get worse and worse, and it’s because of that little 1% increase in temperature that the US gov’t doesn’t want to admit is due to man made global temperature changes. Watch the video here:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/18/60minutes/main3380176.shtml

    Great to see you blogging, thanks for the mentions!

  2. darrellsongs says:

    Well Jarome, while I certainly agree that mega-fires are happening and will continue, I’m not buying the 60 minutes reason as the whole story. I won’t comment on what the government does or doesn’t admit, but here in the desert southwest, I know that the reason these fires are so devastating is not merely a proclaimed 1% increase in temperature, but rather because of a vast increase in development of desert-like lands. In the distant past there were “Santa Ana” conditions and sweeping raging fires, but no homes to destroy. There’s a great little book about a native American woman named Delfina Cerro who told the story of growing up in this region in the late 1800s (she died in 1968 or so). She said her tribe would purposefully set ground fires each year in the Torrey Pine groves to prevent the ground cover from becoming too thick. That way, the inevitable fires of the Santa Anna season would not have sufficient fuel to become horrendous and the pine nut harvest would remain safe. Today we have laws that prevent any “tampering” with the natural environment at the same time we are building thousands of homes where once was only rock and brush. We’re doing this to ourselves allright, but it’s not just the temperature.

    ///Darrell

    PS – Jarome, I just heard from Alan James that there was a flare up today in Escondido but the firefighting helicopters were not allowed to fly near Kit Carson Park – because the President was speaking there. See what I mean? It aint just the heat, its the stupidity!

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