quote:Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Four days later and the fires are still raging.
These events are not put out quickly ever. Once they get to this size it really takes a rain event to put it out. The Sobranes fire last year burned for over three months and it wasn't until rain on October 12th that it was declared 100% contained. The Loma fire near us was just 4500 acres and it burned 10+ days and was also not contained until the rain on the 12th.
There''s been no rain since May in Northern California. There are showers in the forecast for Thursday the 19th. There's really very little chance that humans can contain or control these fires before then.
quote:Originally posted by mareff:
People who are being interviewed are asking tourists to stay away from the area
As long as the fires are active you must stay away from the area. Fire crews rotate in and out on a constant basis, generally 12 hours on, 12 hours off and they need access to the roads to move themselves and equipment around. Stay away from the fire crew camps as well. There are many convict crews working for Cal Fire and as much as you may want to say thanks or provide food and water, the convict crews are not supposed to have any contact with civilians.
Once the fires are over Sonoma and Napa will need visitors. More than any other wine region in California they count on non-local visitors to maintain the economy.
Fire is a threat every year in rural California. Earthquakes, I don't give a crap about, we had one last night, woke me, was back asleep in 3 minutes. Fire is a constant threat. We see the air crews all summer long flying over, and every time it's a scramble to see where the fire is, how big it is and how fast it's moving. You literally stop everything you're doing when you see the planes or hear sirens. In our little community we all have each other on text. Within 10 minutes or so everyone knows what the event is and if there is any immediate risk. The area we live in has been evacuated two times in the last 10 years. Every fire has the potential to become a major event.