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(9,046 posts)
Fri Aug 6, 2021, 05:10 PM Aug 2021

Smoke and ash moving into Sacramento and Bay Area

Now it feels like summer.

Winds shifted overnight, and smoke from the fires has started moving south. It had been getting blown east the past few months, as I know many Americans can attest. We're finally transitioning back to what much of our summer was like last year. Blocked sunlight. The house smells like a camp site. Just brushed ash off my car.

Lovely. Probably just the beginning, as fire season goes well into Oct/Nov now. Around here, it's a total tinderbox. The hills were dead brown by April after a rainy season with no rain. That is not a good sign.

We're probably in for a repeat of last year, which was pretty bad.

What climate change?
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(31,147 posts)
7. Yeah ... let's all grow gills. Maybe a few hundred million will "adapt" ...
Fri Aug 6, 2021, 05:46 PM
Aug 2021

the rest will die a painful death.


(36,286 posts)
16. And those who live in regions which climate change is predicted to make more habitable for humans
Sat Aug 7, 2021, 01:02 AM
Aug 2021

The effects of climate change will not be uniform around the country or world.


(9,046 posts)
4. I just bought this house 18 months ago
Fri Aug 6, 2021, 05:25 PM
Aug 2021

My first home, so no. Where I live specifically is actually pretty safe given topography and vegetation. A few weeks ago, a transformer blew up about a half mile down the street. Fire services stamped it out quickly and with prejudice.

I recently discovered there's a fault line capable of a 7.1 directly under our neighborhood, but other than that.

We just get the side effects of it all. Smoke with attendant bad air and dark days. All morning, I thought it was overcast. No, just smoke.

Niece and nephews in the same city live in a development right next to rural hills. They've already evacuated once this year after one broke out.

We keep evacuation kits and things. Last year's Vacaville fire had us jumpy as we're not too far from it. But so far, so ok.


(36,286 posts)
5. The effects of climate change isn't predicted to be so bad where I live so I'm staying put.
Fri Aug 6, 2021, 05:30 PM
Aug 2021

Longer, hotter summers, more mild winters (YAY!), heavy rainfall causing localized damage.


(4,673 posts)
8. I'm seriously exporing going back to
Fri Aug 6, 2021, 05:47 PM
Aug 2021

Western NC where I grew up. Have been here on the Central CA Coast for 43 years, but last year being socked in by fires to the North and South, and having a bag packed, has me edgy. The drought is insane and won't be getting better. I'm safer than most, but ...

Pros for here: medical care (have an uncommon cancer and love all my docs!), climate (my windows and sliders are open from April through Oct pretty much w/ no A/C needed, just fresh air), hard to throw a rock and hit a conservative

Pros for Asheville: cost of living (prices have exploded but still can get more there than I have here), deep roots, seasons (summer sucks on the East Coast though), rain!, thunderstorms!, not as conservative as much of NC


(3,587 posts)
10. I'm trying to stay positive this year
Fri Aug 6, 2021, 05:53 PM
Aug 2021

No fires near me! Been evacuated twice in the last few years. I live in rural Napa, up in the mountains near Lake Berryessa.

No fires, no covid, no fires, no covid. Lets us be safe!


(18,064 posts)
11. i live about an hour north of yosemite national parks north main entrance.
Fri Aug 6, 2021, 06:15 PM
Aug 2021

elevation is at 1800 feet here and the smoke is like that of the rim fire from years ago. because i have cardiac problems , i will be wearing a particle mask out doors and indoors . smells like dead paint.

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