California wildfires cause people and their animals to flee

California wildfires cause people and their animals to flee
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Four active wildfires in southern California have caused people and pets alike to seek shelter.

The Thomas Fire chewed through nearly everything in its path on its way to becoming a 55,000-acre blaze and sending hundreds of people to shelters in Fillmore, Ojai, Oxnard, Santa Paula and Ventura.

On Tuesday, between 500 and 600 people were sheltering at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, within sight of the flames that would roll over the Ventura foothills.

At the Red Cross shelter at Nordhoff High School in Ojai, about 250 people either stayed inside the building or outside in their vehicles with their pets.

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  1. Throw former governor Brown in Jail for vetoing the Wildlife Management bill SB 1463 three years ago that would have allowed cutting back trees and brush from encroaching on power lines! What's True: In September 2016, Governor Brown vetoed SB 1463, a bill in the California legislature which would have required the California Public Utilities Commission to prioritize areas at increased risk from overhead wires in their management of wildfires. look at the loss of property and life in the last three years. Yet another liberal lawmaker doing something that makes him feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but in the end as is always the case with liberal policies, it turns into a shit pile of a disaster!

  2. I have deep respect for the people who stay with their pets in shelters or find ways to evacuate them. I have nothing but distain for people who leave their family behind to burn.

  3. God gave us dominion which means care for animals: Genesis chapter one. Dominion does not give us reason to kill and eat them.
    we also have dominion over our children, we don't track them down and destroy them with Military weapons. Dominion, Look it up preachers.

  4. choked me up, these poor fur babies and their humans that love them so much❤❤❤? if this ever happens to me I'll be the same, I'll be right by my dogs no matter what❤❤?? they have never let me down, people have but never animals, love them so much?? so awesome seeing everyone help, animal lovers are the best❣❣❣❣

  5. I would never leave my pets, & I would ride my horse out of the fire zone, put my pet crates strapped across her back with my cats & dogs, she’s a Belgian Draft Horse, she’s gigantic & can easily carry myself & my small pets. I pray for their safety!??????????????????

  6. 9 real reasons California burns
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah notes it's been smoky in Golden State since at least 1542
    Published 11 December 2017
    Joseph Farah is founder, editor and chief executive officer of WND. He is the author or co-author of 13 books that have sold more than 5 million copies, including his latest, "The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians, and the End of the Age." Before launching WND as the first independent online news outlet in 1997, he served as editor in chief of major market dailies including the legendary Sacramento Union.

    With California Gov. Jerry Brown blaming future wildfires on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, it’s worth examining the reasons the state has always been prone to devastating fires.

    First, it’s worth noting that fires in the dry brushy environment of the state are normal and unavoidable. They have always been around, though with higher populations in ever greater density, with more homes built on more hills and more canyons, the damage these infernos cause becomes ever more spectacular.

    How far back was Southern California observed to be a land of smoke and fire? In 1542, the first Spanish ship sailed the coast and dubbed either Santa Monica Bay or San Pedro Bay as “the Bay of Smoke.”

    1. California is mostly desert. It normally doesn’t rain in Southern California from June through September – at all. Rains can begin in October or November, but not necessarily and usually not heavily. March, April and May precipitation tapers off, meaning it’s unusual. In 1979, I moved from New York to L.A. and was astonished to see the reaction to the first light rain falling in November. People came out of their houses and apartments to stand in the street in admiration and wonder – like you might expect. It was like watching children react to the first snowfall in winter back East. By the way, California has been a desert for thousands of years. It’s not because of man-made activity, increases in carbon dioxide or catastrophic climate change.
    2. Southern California has always had an unusual seasonal weather pattern that causes winds to blow from East to West, rather than from the normal pattern around the world, which is West to East. They are called Santa Ana winds, but they were originally called Satana winds by the early Spanish settlers – Satan winds that bring dry heat from the Mojave Desert to the heavily populated coastal areas. These winds occur beginning in the fall and often through December.
    3. There’s not enough rainfall in California to support its heavy population – especially without dams and reservoirs that politicians are reluctant to build. Even unusually heavy rains in the winter often lead to catastrophic fires in the summer and fall because of the combustible brush that grows and later dries out as a result of the previous winter’s moisture.
    4. Sun lovers have flocked to California in huge numbers, and population has exploded due to heavy immigration from Latin America and the world over since the 1960s, increasing the demand on water supplies. As a result, government has often rationed the use of water by homeowners who would otherwise use it to protect their properties from fires in dry areas.
    5. The increase in building to accommodate the burgeoning population means more homes on hills and canyons that are the most likely to be scorched by devastating fires at some point. Escaping them for a decade or two or longer defies all odds. I lived in one of those hillside areas with fantastic views, but fires are always a threat, and many of those properties have little access to conventional firefighting abilities.
    6. Not only are Santa Ana winds a problem, but so are the westerly winds that sometimes exceed 100 mph, spreading even the smallest fires beyond the ability of firefighters to contain.
    7. The increase in population leads to more fire carelessness and even arson – both of which have led to an increase in devastating wildfires. But even natural lightning strikes are responsible for igniting some of the biggest fires in California history.
    8. California is known for the distinctive smell of its eucalyptus trees. But these trees contain a highly flammable oil that can cause them to actually explode in fireballs. With forests of eucalyptus trees in the state, you can imagine how this contributes to what the world is witnessing again this hot winter in the state.
    10. Have temperatures risen in California over the last 60 years? Yes and no. They have risen in urban areas, as they do everywhere, as more asphalt and concrete, which maintain heat, is poured. But they have not risen in more rural areas, according to measurements studied by NASA and Cal State L.A. But temperatures overall on average throughout the state have remained essentially unchanged.

    By the way, I left California for good after 20 years, not because of the fires, not because of the heat and not because of the winter mudslides that follow the fires. I left because of the catastrophic shift in the cultural and political climate in 1999.

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