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When did Cali start having a fire season?

I was watching the news and they said it is that time of year again the "fire season" Is this like fall,winter,spring, & summer?

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Re: When did Cali start having a fire season?

We get an "Indian Summer" in California that usually starts after the first cold spell (you know what a cold spell is, Right? about 65 degrees ) in mid to late September. Sometimes it will be the hottest time of the entire year and dryest also. It will usually last a month or so. This one is mild.

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We get an "Indian Summer" in California that usually starts after the first cold spell (you know what a cold spell is, Right? about 65 degrees ) in mid to late September. Sometimes it will be the hottest time of the entire year and dryest also. It will usually last a month or so. This one is mild.
I've been in Cali since 99 and untill last year I never heard anyone talking about a fire season. I guess 99 to 03 we had good years.

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Re: When did Cali start having a fire season?

Really? I guess living in areas where fires are frequent, and as a hiker, I took it for granted...but I've always heard about it.




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Re: When did Cali start having a fire season?

I've been here for over 42 years and I must say that the last 10 years or so have been anything but typical. But a-typical seems to be what's going on these days with global warming.

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Really? I guess living in areas where fires are frequent, and as a hiker, I took it for granted...but I've always heard about it.
I've seen some small fires on the news from time to time, but now it seams like an every day thing.

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Re: When did Cali start having a fire season?

I grew up in Sierra Madre and for as long as I can remember, fire season meant late August through late September/mid October. I spent quite a few hours on our roof hosing down the shingles during some of the larger fires.

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Re: When did Cali start having a fire season?

Our "fire season" starts in the late spring.
The reason we hear so much more about it these days is the houses are closer to "fire areas", as well as more people to start those fires.
That said, our season this year has seen many less major fires than typical.
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I grew up in Sierra Madre and for as long as I can remember, fire season meant late August through late September/mid October. I spent quite a few hours on our roof hosing down the shingles during some of the larger fires.
When I was a kid in the 50's we lived in the San Gabriel Valley - The Mountains to the north were often ablaze in the early fall. It looked pretty apocalyptic to the 'duck and cover' generation. Though we were miles away, my friends and I spent many hours soaking my sisters and their friends with squirt guns 'just in case'. I didn't get the impression that they appreciated it, though..

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Speaking of fires we could see the glow last night. Cars covered in ash today.




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I will take the bait.. These fires have nothing to do with global warming other than the extra heat a discarded cigarette can provide. These fires are being set either by careless people, accident, or arson. The one in my area was a truck catching on fire on the side of the freeway. The one in Riverside was buy some guys welding on a chicken ranch. Sparks ignited the grass and away it went. Hardly the work of Global Warming..
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I will take the bait.. These fires have nothing to do with global warming other than the extra heat a discarded cigarette can provide. These fires are being set either by careless people, accident, or arson. The one in my area was a truck catching on fire on the side of the freeway. The one in Riverside was buy some guys welding on a chicken ranch. Sparks ignited the grass and away it went. Hardly the work of Global Warming..
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But most Europeans who were polled, blame Bush and America's failure to commit to the Koyoto Accords as the reason for the season.

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Re: When did Cali start having a fire season?

I wasn't fishin'. I was just making an innocent comment on how the weather, at least the west coast, has changed in the last ten years or so as compared to the last almost half century that I've been here (or at least the last 35 years or so that I remember). It had nothing to do with politics or what is causing it.

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But most Europeans who were polled, blame Bush and America's failure to commit to the Koyoto Accords as the reason for the season.
Well, that's great, but what does the average European know about the environment (or Californias seasonal trends)? What does the average American know? How do any of their opinions matter on these topics when you're trying to find causation?

While I think Bush's move on Koyoto (amongst other things) is pretty crappy, I don't think in any recorded history has the southwest US been a particularly damp region come the end of summer. From my meager undertanding of forestry, it's been the lack of regular burning that contributes most of the hazard/volume in these situations.

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Re: When did Cali start having a fire season?

How could you not have heard about last years fires. They were all over and the angeles forest almost burnt to the ground. Caused some major mudslides when the rains came too.
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