Monday, October 22, 2007

When The Hills Of Los Angeles Are Burning

Malibu, CA

It's kind of like that Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck Cartoon. "Fire season!" "Wind season!" "Fire season!" "Wind season!" Looks like they're both right.

As anyone in this town is aware, lots of places in Southern California are on fire. The reasons? It's hot, dry and windy. Don'tcha just love them Santa Ana Winds?

So, if you're working from home today because the roads you drive to work on are engulfed in flames (thank god that Starbucks in Cross Creek is still standing) I recommend some reading material. Burn by Sean Doolittle, which heavily features our scenic brush fires. If you haven't read it, you should. Now.

And then go on to read the rest of his stuff. His latest, The Cleanup, won this year's Barry Award.

Stay safe, people. Fire's bad.

3 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

When the last year, you were spared this? It's like the burning of houses in Detroit each Halloween, except not a manmade event.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Oh, we're never spared this. Every year we have the Santa Anas and every year we have the fires. Malibu itself has burned down five times.

This year is a little different, since we're in a drought, even though no one will talk about it. It's apparently not politically kosher to say the D word in L.A.

It's going to get worse, too. If (and that's really a big if) we have rains this winter, all those areas are going to turn into giant mudslides and that's always a good time.

angie said...

I hate fire season. Nervousness aside, it's also extra gross with all the smoke (esp. since you've got that lovely smog, too).