As of 6:55pm PST, 10,000 acres are ablaze. A state of emergency has been declared. “Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said firefighters are concerned that the blaze could burn to the 101 Freeway and perhaps to the Pacific Ocean”.
This is a pic of the wildfires just a smidgen North of Los Angeles that have burned 3,200 acres so far. One of L.A. Mama’s best friends, who is also the boys babysitter lives in this area (Sunland). We are watching this fire closely and keeping her and all of her neighbors in our thoughts.
The 210 is shut down in both directions between the 118 and the 5. The eastbound 118 is closed at Glenoaks Boulevard. The 3,200-acre blaze has forced 1,200 residents to evacuate. Go to the sidebar at the right for up to the minute feed of Los Angeles Wildfires 2008.
Update at 2:28pm 10/13/08: The Sunland fire has spread to 3,700 acres and there is a now a second fire that has burned 2,000 acres in Porter Ranch. Air quality is poor in the San Fernando Valley. Please stay indoors, but especially keep your children indoors. Their lungs are small and vulnerable.
Click HERE for school closures, mandatory evacuations and road closures.
On the same day that James Hansen, a top NASA scientist and global warming expert, told congress that “we’re toast if we don’t get on a very different path”, much of California was on fire from a rare lightening storm.
Why was this lightening storm so rare? Mainly because it generated 8,000 lightening strikes that started 1,022 wildfires fires last weekend and they are still burning. This lightening storm was called “dry lightening” because any and/all precipitation that fell evaporated before it hit the Earth. Since California is in the middle of a drought, these 8,000 lightening strikes have basically turned California into toast. To the right is a satellite image from NASA to illustrate the severity of the situation.
For those of you who don’t believe in Global Warming…think again. Not only are we in a drought, Southern California had tornadoes in May (RARE)- click HERE to read about them, 8,000 lightening strikes in June (RARE) and we are expecting more lightening today (read the news story HERE). We aren’t the only ones experiencing extreme weather. The Midwest and the South have had some horrible tornadoes and now flooding.
Back to James Hansen; he says that if we don’t curb our use of coal burning power plants which is the main cause of MAN-MADE greenhouse gases. He also says that global warming is happening right now before our eyes. He warned us twenty years ago that the arctic would start to melt and that would be the first sign that we are experiencing global warming. That is happening now and within 5 – 10 years all of the ice will be gone in the summer…mass extinction will occur and there will be a dramatic rise in sea levels. You can read the full article HERE. It is apparent that the entire world needs to find an alternative source of power and it seems as though this is going quite slowly. The obvious choices are solar, wind and water…all of which are free of carbon dioxide emitting gases. It seems as though the common person has no control over this…but there are some things that we can do collectively that will decrease our use of coal fired power plants. How?
Use less electricity. It’s Easy. This is how:
1. Turn off the lights when you don’t need them.
2. Unplug small appliances when they are not in use.
3. Turn off your monitor to your computer when not in use.
4. Use solar power.
5. Use wind power.
6. Wash your clothes in cold water.
7. Use energy efficient appliances.
8. Open the windows instead of using the AC (I know sometimes it is too hot…but sometimes it isn’t)
9. Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
10. Don’t use any lights during the day. Use the sunlight!
Feel free to post your ideas on how to use less electricity! If you want to know more about Global Warming, get the book, “The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming”…we highly recommend it!
Since Google will not allow me to post a link for you to buy this book directly, I thought that I would post a picture of this book to show you the cover and authors. You can buy it at Amazon and I have seen it at Barnes & Noble as well as Borders.