The fire still rages, but somewhat to the north and east of us, and also to the west. It is over a hundred thousand acres burned by now and they are anticipating it will take until September 15th to contain fully. Two firefighters have been killed and more injured. One of the firefighters who died was due to be a father within weeks, his first child, who will grow up never knowing him. Structures have burned, people have lost their livelihoods, homes and everything they own. Woodland creatures have died. Our hills look like a lunar landscape and when the rains come (it is supposed to be an el Nino year) they will slide. There are still homes at risk of burning, still livelihoods and lives at risk of being lost and more woodland creatures dying. There are more hills that will burn and slide into our homes and communities, come the winter rains.
And? It was arson.
I’m just baffled, really. Baffled, sad and angry. Why would someone do this on purpose?
The men and women on the fire lines and working in our communities, in shelters and keeping people safe and alive are Big Damn Heroes. Every last one. Bless ’em. The LA Times has done a great job of documenting their heroism and keeping us informed, so have local blogs. Unfortunately local network news organizations are more interested in covering Michael Jackson’s (second) funeral instead of keeping the public informed about wildfires in our backyards.
While we’re on the subject of cultural icons, in other, maybe slightly happier news? Maybe, just maybe Harvey Milk will be getting his own special day. We’ll see if Ahnold vetoes it again or if the cranio-rectal inversion has been cured. Here’s hoping. If MJ can cost the city of Los Angeles over 3 million dollars in funeral related expenses and people are sort of… fine with that… then I think Harvey should get his own day. It won’t cost a dime.
Anyway. I digress. What I wanted to say when I started this post is, thanks, firefighters. The world is a better place because you are in it. I wish someone hadn’t gone and started a fire that put you all at risk.