Which, now have turned into large, dangerous, life-threatening infernos—for those who live near them, and those brave men and women tasked with fighting them..
They are all over the state of California, decimating our forests, many of which are old-growth redwoods, some a thousand years old.
My dear friend Emily posted this photo a day ago. It is a smoke plume from a fire burning near the Sonoma Coast. The color of the setting sun, reflected on the water, is caused by the smoke.
The fires are not just in Northern California. They are roiling through hills, forests and homes in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Marin, and Mendocino counties.
The fires were started by lightning, which we rarely see here. And because we get virtually no rain in the summer months our dry forests are always at risk.
Lives, livelihoods, wildlife, have also have been lost or endangered.
It’s been a hell of a year. Northern California did not need this icing on its 2020 crudcake. 🥺😢🥺