Post by thebobmaster on Oct 11, 2017 14:04:05 GMT -5
While not quite on the level of the hurricane season, several Northern California counties are experiencing massive wildfires. They apparently started last Sunday, but still aren't even controlled, much less contained. Two in particular, named the Tubbs fire and the Atlas fire, have so far burned 70,000 acres combined, and the current death toll is 21, with 560 people currently unaccounted for. Washington Post
In addition, the fires are mostly centered in wine country, which means vineyards and wineries are being hit. In particular, Signorello Vineyard and White Rock Vineyards in Napa Valley reported a total loss of their wineries, as did Frey Vineyards Winery and Oster Wine Cellars in Mendocino County. Fortune
I live in the city of San Ramon, about half an hour to 45 minutes south of San Francisco. I can tell you that not only is the smoke somewhat visible from here, but I can smell the fires when stepping outside. It's quite scary. If you want a picture (literally) of how bad it is, Time has a map courtesy of Cal Fire that shows where the wildfires are.
Haven't been impacted by the fires but there's been very noticeable smoke wherever we go outside. PPM is about 4x higher than the safe level for breathing, kids around my school are wearing masks, and PE activities are being curved. It's nothing compared to what families in the North are going through though, and I wish them all the best.
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