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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:50 am

Still making progress. Now 45,000 acres and 47% contained.
It is foggy as hell this morning, with 81% relative humidity. I hope it is the same at the fire.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:42 pm

Damn good day. The latest report from CalFire shows no increase in burned area during the day, and a four percent increase in containment. Your crossed fingers must have helped, Richard, along with NoCo's wet thoughts (still creepy). Just keep them crossed for a few more day, if you don't mind.

It's supposed to heat up again in a couple of days. I hope they continue to make progress before then.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:32 pm

Things have been going quite well. The fire has increased slightly to 45,844 acres and is sixty-one percent contained.

The bad new is that the fog and the cooler weather are gone and it is 107.5 degrees here right now, with winds near 20 mph. I have no idea how hot it is up at the fire line; hate to think about it.

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:21 pm

Oh THAT's a good idea - light a candle for the wildfire. Pray to Jebus.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:36 pm

Count them. There are 72 candles. Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:19 pm

Oh crap. Happy birthday Howard!
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:40 pm

Thank you.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:36 am

Looking better. The fire did not grow overnight and is now 75 percent contained.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:26 am

Woo hoo! Another day and night of no growth and now 85% contained. There are still 35 structures threatened, but that's down from 1,900 a few days ago.

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:27 pm

There are two new fires reported in the county today. They are quite small, but all fires begin small. The fires are both in difficult locations. Shit!
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:56 pm

The fire is now 91% contained and is not growing.
Whew!

The fire burned an area about seventeen miles in length. When it started, it was burning directly toward us, but after a couple of days they contained the southern edge of the fire and the winds changed so that it grew directly away from us. As we are only about fourteen miles from the southern end of the burn zone, had the fire not changed course, it could have gotten ugly here.
Whew!

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:16 pm

Firefighters deserve hero worship.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:22 pm

Or at least a cold beer.
Some of the fire fighters on this fire were prisoners. I think they deserve nicer cells.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:40 pm

Here's a picture of a sign of appreciation from the 1985 fire. And the sentiment is correct: we came extremely close to losing the entire city. Coverage of the fire was on the front page of The New York Times and was the lead story on CNN (the only cable news at the time).




Here's just a portion of the more than 130-square-mile fire they saved us from. I don't know about you, but to me this is a damned scary picture. The flames were thirty feet high a half block from our house.

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:38 am

Finis! 100% contained! Now if they can just get that big bastard fire that has crept down to about fifty miles away, and still heading in our direction.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:20 pm

Seattle has had scattered rain showers all last week. We're back to green and soggy.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:26 pm

Isn't rain the normal for Seattle?

It's 107.5 right now. Not that bad, but a bit out of line for the middle of September.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:25 pm

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Isn't rain the normal for Seattle?
Yeah for this time of year, July-August are usually dry, but September usually brings lots of rain.

It sprinkled pretty hard this morning. We never get gully-washers, just gentle sprinkles.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:29 pm

NoCoPilot wrote:
We never get gully-washers,

Then how do you keep your gullies clean?
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:34 pm

Down the street recently (this summer) the city installed (using I suppose federal money), dipshit designed huge catch basins for runoff water. They're twenty feet in diameter and six feet deep and filled with water-loving plants.

I've seen catch basins like this in California and Indiana where you get gully-washers, which will cause flooding if not controlled.

It doesn't rain like that here.

EVER.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:48 pm

We don't get gully washers where I live. The average rainfall is 12-14 inches per year; can't even wash a medium sized gully with that. Last year, we got 15 inches - an actual normal year! Of course, it took the largest El Nino ever recorded to give us that.

It will be autumn in a few days. I guess summer wants to go out with a bang: it is now 111.2 degrees here.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:22 pm

Smoke. Smoke. Smoke. Shit!

Walked outside a few minutes ago and it is smoky as hell. Had been clear all morning.
Where I live, there is only one narrow, twisty road out, so the sudden appearance of heavy smoke is very disconcerting.

Turns out there is a 4,500-acre fire near Vandenberg Air Force Base. The smoke from that is reaching us, as well as smoke from the 113,000-acre fire to the north. Getting really, really tired of this.

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:06 am

No smoke this morning, but the Vandenberg fire has increased to over 10,000 acres.
Gonna cause a little problem for space folks.

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:12 pm

It was nice this morning, then I walked outside a couple of hours ago and there was smoke from horizon to horizon. Have no fucking idea where it came from. It has now mostly cleared up.

It is 108 degrees right now. Three days from October and 108.

I wish to hell my wife would retire so we could move the fuck away from here. I've been here most of the time since 1944 - time to try somewhere else.

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Hot Hot   Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:25 pm

The weather has turned to what appears to be normal. We have had 3.27" of rain so far this year. Average for this point in the year is 1.94". Maybe we'll have a normal rainfall this year. Damn, that would be two years in a row.
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