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California split - fire careers, north and south

January 8, 2018

Tags: California fires, careers

Fire lighting and fire fighting - two tasks that should be joined but rarely are. Careers veer into one or the other. Like so much of the California fire scene, they tend to divide north and south. Those who began by quenching fire, if they drift into the right niches of the north, might (more…)

Closing the arc

October 19, 2017

Tags: California fires, Santa Rosa, powerlines

Closing the arc

When I read the first reports of the fire bust in Napa-Sonoma, I thought it had the signature of an electrical storm. A frontal passage would also explain the winds, which follow this time of year from the high pressure in the front's wake. But I could find no confirmation of (more…)