California Today: A PARTICULAR California Fires Edition

“I still possess a drought hangover so I wake up worried about drought,” explained Felicia Marcus, the top of the state Drinking water Resources Control Board.

Southern California is coping with the same collection of forces that accounted for the intensity of your wine region fires: an unusually wet winter weather led to comprehensive brush growth and a record-hot October baked the growth into kindling. The final ingredient was the heavy Santa Ana winds whipping across Southern California.

“It was sort of a trifecta for Napa and Sonoma,” Ms. Marcus explained. “And now you are seeing that recreated in Southern California.”

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Fire Coverage From Across the State

• A new ordinary for California. “This year’s dreadful fire time may be just the start,” says the editorial table of the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Chronicle. [San Francisco Chronicle]

• The Wine Country fire two months ago was plagued by complications as the authorities struggled to alert people to the imminent threat. Here’s how they have in Ventura County. Evacuees had minutes to spare. [Buzzfeed]

• “A higher level of threat.” The burst of fires spread out across the place is putting a fresh strain on fire departments already fighting longer fire periods and bigger and hotter blazes. [Los Angeles Daily News]

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• How do you make sure your home and family group are ready for an emergency evacuation to flee a wildfire? The most notable 10 points firefighters tell their own families. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

• An interactive map displays how the fires found in Southern California distributed so fast therefore extensive. [San Francisco Chronicle]

• Celebrities were once banned from living in Bel-Atmosphere. But this exclusive Los Angeles enclave swept by fire is just about the neighborhood of preference for celebrities seeking privacy (think Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Rupert Murdoch). [Los Angeles Times]

• Arriving at just work at a Santa Clarita office recreation area – and then be sent home. The fires will be disrupting firms, schools and freeways across the place. [Orange County Register]

• Self confidence – or at least expect – among homeowners found in Ventura that insurance will cover the price tag on homes destroyed by the Thomas Fire. [Ventura County Star]

• This can be a right question to ask in the event that you were anywhere around Los Angeles on Wednesday: Time for a smoke cigarettes mask? [San Francisco Chronicle]

• Insurance claims for your wine region wildfires have hit $9 billion. [Associated Press]

And in other media:


• California’s two USA senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, were one of the primary Democrats to call for the resignation of Senator Al Franken as sexual harassment complaints piled up against him. [The NY Times]

• Planning for legal recreational marijuana: The Los Angeles City Council passed rules settings down where and how it’ll be sold in metropolis next yr. [Los Angeles Times]

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•Could the sex scandals in California Condition Legislature end the Democratic supermajorities in the Senate and Assembly? The longtime California observer Dan Walters says they undoubtedly may. [CALmatters]


• The turmoil of “Transparent:” The Los Angeles-structured series can be in limbo as Amazon investigates sexual harassment costs against its superstar, Jeffrey Tambor. [New York Times]

And Finally …

The New York Times asked readers to share with California Today their encounters fleeing the fires in Los Angeles and Ventura. Here, lightly edited, are a number of the responses.

“My husband and I along with our 18-month-old fled the house Wednesday morning on Casiano Get. As we remaining, embers were falling from the sky and helicopters were flying low overhead spraying drinking water. A completely surreal experience.

We just bought the house in April. It’s our dream home. And simply because I type this, a house right following door to your neighbor’s can be in flames. I’m uncertain if our house will make it, but thankfully we are all safe.”

– Lisa Goh

“I got the crisis alert on my phone of fire at 5 something each morning. I observed an alert of a six-acre fire near Mulholland Get, east of the 405. That’s simply a couple of miles apart. By 6:15 the fire had reached 50 acres and I was already packing luggage and calling my hubby who is on organization in Boston. By 6:30 I understood for sure we had to get out of there. I informed our two nannies to wake up immediately and obtain bags packed in addition to the kids luggage packed. I informed them to pack as if we would never see this residence again.”

– Gwen Gottlieb

“Soon after dinner in Westlake, we were driving home down the grade and observed the red glow of the fires. It had been awful and we merely prayed for all in its path. 30 mins later we found its way to Ventura and the streetlights flickered. Then the entire town went dark. At that point we figured it had been from the fires and headed inside. Not 20 minutes later on I looked out my bedroom window and saw the crimson glow extremely close.

I just told my daughters we need to get started on gathering items as it must be spreading. Within minutes I observed the fire crest our hill and it had been panic. We actually had minutes to get anything we could grab along with our pets (including our seven days aged kittens and a nursing Mom) and leave.

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We headed to Oxnard Shores to my fiancé’s parents’ home. At that point the entire mountain selection of Ventura was ablaze.”

– Stephanie Jensen

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