Friday, August 10, 2018

California Fires

Usually I do not post about something not related to gardening, but the fires have been so constant and continuing to get closer and closer to my area, that it has been difficult to talk about my garden without talking about Mediterranean-type climate in which we live.

A picture of a fire taken from my front yard in July

Each winter we have cool humid conditions that, if we are fortunate, bring enough rain to help the state get through the next year.

In this picture, you can see the flames

During the summer, the grasses and chaparral dry leaving the ground prime for fires. Long ago before settlers came, native Americans burned thousands of acres of land in order to ensure that the land was clear of underbrush.

A nearby fire, as seen from the fertile garden today

Unfortunately, as time has gone on without fires and the climate has become warmer, it has become incredibly difficult to keep fires under control.

The same fire, as seen from our front yard

Within the last 18 months we have had three fires near our home. Each day I am grateful for those who risk their lives to keep us safe from the fires. I hope they will all be safe and well.

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