California is Burning

Kara Spengler

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The solution to this and so many other problems is photovoltaic solar cells (and overnight battery storage systems) for each home, which would allow PG&E to eliminate their residential power distribution network in places like Paradise; no network, no fires caused by network. It's not being talked about though, here in California, as a solution to the fire hazard that wind plus power-lines constitute. :(
I am sure homeowners would prefer it as well. Where far flung homes exist homeowners have to pay for each pole ..... and they are NOT cheep.
 
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California has fared rather well this fire season so far, but it's still somewhat early.

Though not a particularly large fire, the Caliente Fire in Otay Mesa in southern San Diego County is noteworthy because it is burning in a developed area. The fire was reported around noon today and has spread to 490 acres in a largely industrial area, prompting evacuations in the area of San Ysidro High School. The evacuations have since been lifted, and the fire is reported at 50 percent containment.

A much larger fire is burning at the other end of the state. The Tucker Fire, reported last Sunday, has burned through 14,217 acres of the Modoc National Forest in northern Modoc County. The fire, sparked by traffic along State Route 139, is 51 percent contained.
 

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A collection of grass fires got started yesterday in an unincorporated part of Contra Costa County near Mount Diablo. What had started as a dozen fires merged into three, referred collectively as the Marsh Complex Fire. They have burned a total of 655 acres and are currently 85 percent contained.
 
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A fire sparked in the foothills of Mariposa County today and quickly spread to 1300 acres. Dubbed the Gaines Fire, it is threatening a couple dozen buildings northeast of Hornitos, and is only five percent contained. Evacuations have not been ordered, but they've been strongly advised. This is the second significant fire in the area in the past 24 hours. The first one, the Hunter Fire, burned 423 acres before it was fully contained this morning.
Firefighters battling 1,300-acre fire — second large Mariposa County blaze in 24 hours | Merced Sun-Star