California Today: A Special Fires Edition

“I still possess a drought hangover therefore i wake up worried about drought,” stated Felicia Marcus, the head of the state Normal water Resources Control Board.

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

“It was type of a good trifecta for Napa and Sonoma,” Ms. Marcus stated. “And today you are seeing that recreated in Southern California.”

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Fire Coverage From Across the State

• A new normal for California. “This year’s dreadful fire time may be just the start,” says the editorial panel of the San Francisco 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 performed in Ventura County. Evacuees possessed minutes to spare. [Buzzfeed]

• “A higher degree of threat.” The burst of fires disseminate across the place is putting a fresh strain on fire departments already struggling with longer fire months and greater and hotter blazes. [Los Angeles Daily News]

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• How do you make sure your home and friends and family are ready for a crisis evacuation to flee a good wildfire? The top 10 items firefighters tell their own families. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

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

• Celebrities had been once banned from moving into Bel-Oxygen. But this exclusive Los Angeles enclave swept by fire has become the neighborhood of preference for celebrities seeking personal privacy (think Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Rupert Murdoch). [Los Angeles Times]

• Arriving at work at a good Santa Clarita office recreation area – only to be sent house. The fires are disrupting firms, schools and freeways across the place. [Orange County Register]

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

• This is the right query to ask in the event that you were everywhere around Los Angeles on Wednesday: Time for a smoke mask? [San Francisco Chronicle]

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

And in other reports:


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

• Getting ready for legal recreational marijuana: The Los Angeles City Council passed rules configurations down where and how it’ll be sold in the town next season. [Los Angeles Times]

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•Could the sex scandals in California Express Legislature put an end to the Democratic supermajorities in the Senate and Assembly? The longtime California observer Dan Walters says they absolutely may. [CALmatters]


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

And Finally …

THE BRAND NEW York Times asked readers to talk about with California Today their experiences fleeing the fires in Los Angeles and Ventura. Here, gently edited, are a number of the responses.

“We along with our 18-month-old fled the house Wednesday morning in Casiano Travel. As we left, embers were dropping from the sky and helicopters had been flying low overhead spraying water. A completely surreal experience.

We just bought the house in April. It’s our dream house. And mainly because I type this, a house right following door to our neighbor’s can be in flames. I’m not sure if our house will make it, but thankfully we are all safe.”

– Lisa Goh

“I got the emergency alert on my mobile of fire at 5 something each morning. I found an alert of a six-acre fire near Mulholland Travel, east of the 405. That’s just a couple of miles aside. By 6:15 the fire had reached 50 acres and I was already packing carriers and calling my husband who is on business in Boston. By 6:30 I knew for certain we had to get out of there. I informed our two nannies to awaken immediately and get their bags packed and also the kids carriers packed. I informed them to pack as if we would never see this property again.”

– Gwen Gottlieb

“After dinner in Westlake, we were driving real estate down the grade and found the red glow of the fires. It had been awful and we simply prayed for all in its course. Thirty minutes later we found its way to Ventura and the streetlights flickered. Then the complete town proceeded to go dark. At that point we figured it had been from the fires and headed inside. Not 20 minutes in the future I looked out my bedroom window and saw the crimson glow extremely close.

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

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

– Stephanie Jensen

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