Still amazed at this sunset from yesterday. No crazy colors or patterns in the clouds, just the big red sun itself slightly veiled behind all the wildfire smoke in the atmosphere. You have to look for the beauty behind the destruction.
Fire updates: we are under voluntary evacuation, so we came to San Diego for the weekend. Fire is moving west towards us, but our home will probably be OK. We are ready to rebuild if we need to. Sending positive vibes to all my fellow Santa Barbara residents. Stay safe. Peace. #california#santabarbara#wildfires#toughtimes#climatechange
Spotted this while making the rounds checking and refilling feeding stations for cats displaced by the Tubbs fire. There are feeding stations at properties where kitties are missing, because a few kitties have miraculously survived and shown up at their home, only to find it gone. It's surreal to drive around cul de sacs with no houses, only piles of rubble and metal with the occasional car skeleton in the driveway. It's also incredibly sad. So much loss.
Wildfires were still raging across Sonoma County the morning Barbara Toschi decided to go to work anyway. Less than 48 hours before, her ranch had been in the crosshairs of the Tubbs and Pocket fires. The evacuation orders came twice. Then: Nothing. The flames swept away from their property line and the home was spared. So when Tuesday came, Toschi did what she does every Tuesday: Drive to the Sonoma County Human Services Department office, where she does volunteer work for the Chronicle Season of Sharing. In the wake of the Wine Country fires, she’s helped an asthmatic mother find a new home to replace the one she lost, and paired households who had lost their homes to the inferno with new apartments. “Barbara is fantastic,” said Kris Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the Sonoma County Human Services Department. “Smart, compassionate and organized. She’s dedicated to helping people.” 📷: @pdsphoto#seasonofsharing#wildfires#SantaRosa#SonomaCounty#volunteer#winecountryfires
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected this year by the fires in California. Many people are displaced and don’t have a place to call home right now, which makes it especially tough during the holidays! Wishing them all the best in their recovery.
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To Donate supplies to help the 100’s of horses and other animals that were rescued, please click the link in our bio! 👆
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Authorities are trying to help get large animals to safety as quickly as possible as the fast-moving #LilacFire burns in #SanDiego's North County.
If you have evacuated with a large animal, there are several places you can go. We’ve got a full list on #NBC7.com now, link in bio. #fire#firesafety#wildfires#CAfires
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Climate change has doubled the size of wildfires in the western US over the last 30 years. With increased drought followed by periods of heavy rainfall, could this be the greatest threat to humanity? Find out in our NEW VIDEO 💥 Link in bio!
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While many on the left have celebrated #California’s push to legalize #marijuana as a victory for a progressive, harm-reduction approach to combating addiction and crime, the pullback in the number of low-level prisoners entering the state’s penal system is leaving the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Court mandates to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons – combined with the legalization of marijuana, the most commonly used drug in #America (aside from alcohol, of course) – have led to a sharp drop in the number of prisoners housed at state facilities in recent years. Interestingly, one byproduct of this trend is it’s creating headaches for the state officials who are responsible for coordinating the emergency wildfire response just as California Gov. #JerryBrown is warning that the severe fires witnessed this year – the most destructive in the state’s history – could become the new status quo.
To wit, since 2008, the number of prisoner-firemen has fallen 13%. As the Atlantic reports, California has relied on inmates to help combat its annual wildfires since World War II, when a paucity of able-bodied men due to the war effort forced the state to turn to the penal system for help. More than 1,700 convicted felons fought on the front lines of the destructive #wildfires that raged across #NorthernCalifornia in October.
While communities from Sonoma to Mendocino evacuated in the firestorm’s path, these inmates worked shifts of up to 72 straight hours to contain the blaze and protect the property residents left behind, clearing brush and other potential fuel and digging containment lines often just feet away from the flames. Hundreds more are on the fire line now, combatting the inferno spreading across Southern California.
But over the course of the last decade, their ranks have begun to thin. As drought and heat have fueled some of the worst fires in California’s history, the state has faced a court mandate to reduce overcrowding in its prisons. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾 #VenturaFire#ThomasFire
#THANKYOU to the firefighters and first responders working tirelessly to keep Californians safe during the destructive wildfires. As the fires continue to spread, please keep these emergency responders in your thoughts. For more information on how can help the victims of the SoCal fires, click the YOU CAN HELP highlighted story from our profile.
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