Desert & Mountain Fires Threaten to Merge

It’s all over the news and I’m certainly not an authority on the current wildfires that have consumed more than 60,000 acres (about 15,000 of them in the last 24 hours) just east of Los Angeles.

More than 2,000 firefighters are engaged in fighting the fire which has taken houses but thankfully no lives and seems to be staying away from Big Bear.

There are some great satellite photos being posted by the Earth Observatory of NASA that clearly show the fires over the last few days get closer and closer.

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The prognosis doesn’t sound good as there’s a heat advisory for this weekend, so think of those thousands of firefighters this weekend when you’re complaining about the 100+ temps. Luckily they’re predicting cooler temps and some moisture early next week.

UPDATE: Yup, they’ve merged.

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4 Replies to “Desert & Mountain Fires Threaten to Merge”

  1. The question isn’t so much whether there is global warming. The question is how much we affect it one way or another. Since it formed, the earth has heated and cooled. That’s what it does. Did the dinosaurs hasten an ice age? Are we hastening or the heating that occurs naturally? Maybe, maybe not. Despite Al Gore — whom I respect — the jury’s still out on that one. We all find evidence to support whichever belief we hold. Where the truth lies is something we won’t know for a thousand years.

  2. THANK YOU, LEE, for saying it just so. I’ve been saying the same thing for years now and watching as people recoil in horror at my apparent idiocy.

    When/if the earth reaches a point at which it can’t support human life it will slough us off like so many dead cells, certainly not the other way around.

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