Here We Go Again!

Our Fire season has set in.  September is our summer.
First of all, that Station Fire is still burning.  Although it is 93% contained, it has begun flaring up again.  290 square miles so far.  This week could be BAD!!
 
 
 
The National Weather Service still isn’t expecting a major Santa Ana wind event. But forecasters now say that dry offshore winds could gust up to 35 mph in Orange County’s northeast canyons and foothills Monday night and early Tuesday as a heat wave takes grip. Earlier, forecasters thought winds would peak at 20-25 mph.

But the weather service’s overall message remains unchanged: Orange County, which is in severe drought, will experience a sustained heat wave that could raise inland temperatures to 105 degrees and drop the relative humidity into the teens. Add that to the dry, offshore winds and you have an elevated risk of wildfires in a county that hasn’t gotten a full inch of rain from a single storm since mid-December.

The weather service says, “A change gets underway Monday as a strong high pressure ridge heads into Oregon and expands throughout the west. Upper low pressure to the east will produce a weak offshore flow starting Monday night. That will bring very dry conditions to all areas except the immediate coast Tuesday and Wednesday.

“It will also produce local offshore breezes where top gusts could exceed 35 mph Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Temperatures will increase Monday and soar Tuesday with readings approaching 100 not far from the coast because of the offshore flow. Of course all this will elevate the fire potential. But luckily the winds will not be strong. The ridge will weaken a little Wednesday or Thursday or Friday.”

A red flag warning has already been issued for portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The warning goes into affect at midnight Monday and will last until sometime Wednesday. A warning for Orange County is expected on Monday.

A new fire has just started today in Temecula, which is closer to us…. Riverside County.  Then I saw this..

Fire extinguished at Naval Weapons Station

SEAL BEACH – Orange County firefighters extinguished a fire that burned for several hours Monday at an oil and natural gas drilling facility at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, officials said.

The majority of the fire was extinguished after crews turned off gas flowing to a broken valve at the station, which is in the middle of the base’s National Wildlife Refuge on Oil Island, officials said. The pump facility is owned and operated by Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles, which also has drilling facilities in Fullerton and Brea.

 

The fire, which started about 1:20 p.m., caused crews to temporarily shut down Pacific Coast Highway in both directions near Seal Beach Boulevard as a staging ground for firefighting equipment, Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Greg McKeown said. All lanes are now reported open.

The fire is not near the base’s weapons or ammunition, base spokesman Gregg Smith said.

Animals on the 6-acre island were not in danger, Smith said. The 1,000-acre refuge supports endangered birds such as the light-footed clapper rail and the California least tern, he said.

Seven engines and two trucks responded to the fires and no injuries were reported, McKeown said.

 
Now I know that fire is out but I and everyone here else knows that they store nuclear weapons there in bunkers.  The Navy won’t admit it but we know!  Oh, and if you break in there, you will be killed.  Nice!!
 
Wish us luck this week…. Hot, Dry and Windy.
Hope your weekend was a good one.
 
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8 Responses to Here We Go Again!

  1. Sanjana says:

    hey you ……………you have me worried about you…..everything alrite Bob……….you absconding again Bob…………….dont be a stranger again……….

  2. Joe says:

    You’ve got it all covered again…fires to nukes! The only thing you’re missing starts with a speed and ends with an O LOL!

  3. CAROL says:

    Sending you some rain BOB. we got it here and hoep somehow you get some relief soon from all that fire. Keeping the good thoughts for ya! : )

  4. Grandma's says:

    Wish I could send you some rain. We had a bad fire season up here, in our forests this summer…but thankfully all is under control and only three homes were lost and sadly one life…a guy who went down in his water bomber. Lost a lot of pristine forest though…I feel bad for the wildlife that has been displaced or even killed.Hope you stay safe.Have a great week.

  5. Ann says:

    All the best to you.

  6. Sue says:

    Yes, the winds coupled with the dry, hot conditions this week make me very nervous. We are certainly sitting on a tinderbox up here. So far, (knock on wood) no major fires this season—so if we can make it through this week, it will be good. Take care, Bob, and be sure you have a sachel packed with important papers (along with computer back-up disks) just in case. I’ve gotten so I just store my important papers in my sachel, so I can grab it and run. That’s how paranoid I am about fire…

  7. klaus says:

    You all are in my prayers Bob. I guess, this is an every year occurence there. Sorry have not been around much my friend.

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