They Were Homeless In California. Then The Fires Came.

"The historic fires, which swept through Sonoma and nearby counties in Northern California’s wine country in early October, have killed at least 40 people, forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. In Santa Rosa, the largest city in the region and one of the hardest-hit areas, entire neighborhoods have disappeared."

Chris has kept us up to date on his experience, and the news reports confirm his experiences.  It is hard to believe that fires could be so widespread and so devastating. Joblessness, homelessness, and now fires add to the misery.

If there are any deniers of climate change, undoubtedly these events will cause them to pause and reconsider. There is no benefit in blaming anyone or any sector of the economy; we are all in this, and we had better look at what happens, why it happens, and what remedies exist.  

I can say it is time we get off fossil fuels and turn to sustainable energy sources. It appears to me to put more CO2 into the atmosphere is just plain stupid. I can't think of a kinder word to use. 

Job opportunities exist for inventing, creating, and manufacturing sun energy, or from heat generated deep within the earth. Included in the definition is electricity and heat generated from solar, wind, ocean, hydropower, biomass, geothermal resources, and biofuels and hydrogen derived from renewable resources.

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Northern California May Need Years to Recover From Wildfires

"Sonoma County officials say it will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people."

"The EPA has assessed 740 properties so far, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given out $6 million worth of rental and other assistance to displaced Californians, officials said. Officials estimate the cleanup of debris and other hazardous materials will last into early 2018. The losses are estimated to be at more than $1 billion."

Oct. 28, 2017, at 5:58 p.m.

The Governor of California,  Brown an Emergency followd by frderal response from  POTUS which should provide funding tor rebuilding.

The ACOE is already providing clean up services.

What's going to happen with Puerto Rico?

It seems to be treated as a colonized island without value, or citicenship.  I hear imigration to CONTUS is increasing from Puerto Rico.

Should Puerto Rico be made a state?

Regardless of that FEMA support for Puerto Rico  is lacking.  Those in the hurricane area on CONTUS will suffer from lack of FEMA support next season.

Those in previous seasons already suffer from the missmanaged flood insurance program - even if they had flood insurance. 

Flood insurance with climate change?   It's already bankrupt and will only get worse. 

States shouldn't count on a climate denier federal government for any assistance.

It's better to have no assistance than a melitia group such as Blackwater in LA with the response for  Hurricane Katrina.

I saw an evacuation (on TV)  from a hurricaine riding up the Gulf Coast a couple of years ago.  The six lane highway had three tanes blocked going North, while the three Southbound lanes were vacant.    After it started flooding all lanes were blocked including one for emergency responders.   

 Some things aren't just about saving money.   Emergency management, planning and services should be expected and paid for.

Back in the day. The Dalles Oregon required a fire tax chit on the door for the fire department to assist putting out a household fire.

I think you provided  this link of fire map to me Joan.

If you check the link you will see almost all of them are out.

Thomas, the largest CA fire, is almost out. Here's a satellite overview:

courtesy of eleggua in Robert Scribbler comments.

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