Heat & Smoke

by Lorraine on September 1, 2009

We’ve had a couple of brush fires burning for over a week in the San Gabriel Wilderness area, about an hour from where I live and they are still considered to be out of control.  Fire season in California has always been considered something that happens in the Fall, when the Santa Ana winds start to blow out of the desert into southern California.   Making for some very nasty and dangerous conditions.

But now it seems that there is no longer a “season”, it’s all year long and with the dryer climate, the conditions for horrific fires is substantial and frightening.

The last week has been extremely hot and I’ve been adding some extra buckets of water to some of the plants in the garden that looked like they were suffering.   My garden is just about two years old but would still be considered to be new and needs extra help when the situation calls for it.

I was leaving town last Friday and the temperatures were already climbing and I knew that the weekend would be very hot, so I pre-watered several of the plants just in case they needed a drink to get through the heat.  And when I returned yesterday, I noticed that some of the penstemons looked cooked and even one of the sages was wilting, too.

Meanwhile, the heat continues and there’s a bit of a wind as well (Not good) and the sky is filled with smoke and ash particles.

The Station brush fire in the La Canada area had only just started and as of this writing it has burned almost 122,000 acres and is only 5% under control.   Living in southern California means having to be prepared for earthquakes and brush fires which always put me on edge.  I hate this stuff!

Meanwhile, the American Robins are still visiting the birdbath and enjoying the cool water.   Who wouldn’t?.   And no, I don’t have a swimming pool or A/C.   And yes, the house is hot but I’m used to it.

Chico, Sparkle and Biscuit know how to get through these hot days.   Napping, napping and more napping.   Only slight potty breaks and munching on some cat kibble get them through the day.

If you would like to know more about forest or brush fires there is a very informative site that is linked up with state and federal agencies.   It’s a good site to have for emergency info and you may want to have it for future reference.


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1 barbara e 09.02.09 at 11:13 pm

Great link – thanks, Lorraine. Wow I am impressed that you are doing okay with no a/c. Hope you aren’t feeling too bad after this morning.

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