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California Wildfires Are Spiraling Out Of Control

California Wildfires Are Spiraling Out Of Control

In these past days my attention was caught by the massive wildfires that have been rampaging the north of California. The media have given this phenomenon a lot of attention, and with good reason: the fires are massive and seem to be spreading at a more-than-alarming rate. The reason for the wildfire seems uncertain at this point, but if you come to think about it, there’s no ONE reason for the fire. As suggested, the starting point of the wildfires is most likely the numerous dry lightning strikes that took place over this past week, mostly in northern California.

But maintaining the gargantuan flames requires way more than simply the source of the outburst.

Years of severe drought (especially the last 4) have left their mark on the local vegetation, leaving behind numerous thickets of dried vegetation, which burnt violently, helping the fires spread “at the speed of light”. In my humble opinion, the impact would’ve been lesser if these past 4 years, the right investments and measure of precautions would have been taken by the local authorities. The signs of what was coming were evident, but collective lack of reaction is costing us dearly, as the aftermath will undoubtedly be far more expensive than the preventive measures involved.

So far the wildfire has stopped at nothing. It continued his destructive course even over a highway in Napa Valley. As the fires continue to spread, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire) has placed over 13,000 people under order of evacuation and listed about 7,000 structures as threatened, most of which are homes. The Rocky Fire (as the blaze was named) has already engulfed 68,000 acres so far and destroyed well over 50 buildings since it eruption last week, in arid canyons near Clearlake. The costs of the destruction haven’t been estimated so far; they’re to be accurately calculated once the ordeal is over. I for one am even afraid to fathom the deficit that this will add to our already declining economy.

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Smoke from the blaze is visible up to 80 miles South of Napa. But despite seeming at its peak, the ordeal is far from over. This upcoming week is thought to be even hotter and drier than the previous periods of time, according to Cal Fire estimates. So dampening the impact of the flames is still out of the question. But despite the grim scenario, firefighters are doing their best in order to control the pace of destruction. Over 10,000 firemen have been deployed in the area, along the state line, including even off duty personnel who was called back to work due to the state of emergency. According to Cal Fire, 3,200 men are assigned directly to the Rocky Fire vicinities, along with70 bulldozers, 19 water-dropping helicopter units and 5 air tankers.

The Obama administration was informed of the cataclysmic proportions of the wildfires in California, but didn’t seem to react promptly or decisively in the matter, having very little to say about the upcoming state of events. According to official news releases, most of the president’s time is filled with the unveiling on August the 10th 2015 of the final version of his plan in order to tackle climate change, which is set on reducing carbon emissions from the power sector by 32%. But this has very little to do with tackling the current unfolding disasters that are already taking place. The current lack of infrastructures is leaving the U.S. vulnerable to immediate disasters. The government’s plan is to reduce future climate impacts, but it’s hardly touching the subject of how natural disasters are affecting the lives of millions of Americans today. The Clean Power Plan (as the program is called), is most likely doomed to fail, as did others before it, if the funding of necessary infrastructure to withstand natural disasters scenarios will be delayed even further than it already has.

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Salvation, however does not lie in governments, does not necessarily dwell in collective efforts. I’m afraid we’re past that point already. They will promise and they will bargain, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to you, to your adaptability and survival instincts. We’ve been set on the road for destruction for many years now, and the Rocky Fire does nothing more than to demonstrate that it has already hit the fan, that the hard days that were coming are already here! So get ready, while there’s still time. Take all the survival precautions necessary: stack up on resources and reserves, start learning about what it takes to survive in hard times and be ready to defend yourself and the ones you love.

by My Family Survival Plan

How To Survive A Wildfire

How To Survive A Wildfire

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In recent years, wildfires have eaten up our country like never before. In 2012. nearly 7 million acres across the USA burned down, a number that breaks 2006’s previous record, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The situation got out of control, because too many fires were spreading too fast for firemen to stop them. At some point in August, there were 39 fires all burning at the same time! Eight brave firefighters lost their lives trying to put an end to this disaster.

But they alone can’t fight this battle against nature. Because it’s just begun:

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Scientific American warns about future wildfires, more frequent and much more powerful. And if our firefighter teams could not deal with this year’s fires… then what will happen to our lands and our homes next year? Or the year after that?

How many firefighters do you think will join the crew? I’ll give you this answer: Not enough. So we’ve got to learn how to protect our own families from these coming disasters. And the first thing you should know is what to do before a wildfire, as safety measures:

Safety Measure #1: Prepare bug-out bags for all your family members.

72-hour kits are a must in every home and you should keep them in a place where you’ve got easy access. They should contain food, water, a change of clothes, basic hygiene items, a lantern, batteries and meds (according to every person’s needs). Unless it’s a child’s bag, you should also include a weapon, like a knife or even a small gun.

Safety Measure #2: Assess your house for fire-hazardous materials

Try to replace them with safer materials or keep the hazardous objects as far from your house as you can (like a wooden storage room). www.ready.gov advises a selection of “materials and plants that can help contain fire rather than fuel it”.

Also, they promote the usage of “fire-resistant or noncombustible materials on the roof and exterior structure of the dwelling”. If you can’t replace the existing ones, you can treat them with fire-retardant chemicals. They won’t stop your house from catching fire, but it will slow the process down until the firefighters arrive.

One more thing: don’t forget to clean the gutters and chimneys twice a year.

Safety Measure #3: Surround your house with fire-resistant materials

Whether it’s a tall, resistant fence or a line of hardwood trees, it’s your choice. The fire won’t stay on the other side forever. But you get more time to save your family and call 911. That extra protection around your house could make a difference between bugging out on time and getting trapped in a burning house.

Safety Measure #4: Install fire alarms in your home

If you’re in a fire-hazardous area, you should invest in the best fire alarms on the market. Don’t be sorry about the money spent. It’s an investment in your family’s future. An alarm near the bedroom is an absolute must. This way, you won’t get any unpleasant surprises when you’re asleep at night.

But even if you’re not threatened by wildfires every summer, you should have fire alarms in your house. You may never know when an accident happens. And prevention never hurt anyone.

Safety Measure #5: Get a fire extinguisher for every room

You don’t have to get them all at once. Just get one at a time, when you’ve saved some money. Learn how to use it, if you don’t know that already. And show the other members of your family how to do it, too. Maybe you won’t be home when it happens, so it’s best if everyone knows basic survival measures.

Next time, we’ll talk about what you should do during a wildfire. We’ll cover bugging out, escaping a burning house and assessing injuries. Until then, stay safe!

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