California constantly and in all things alternates between boom and bust. Among the natural boom and bust cycles are weather related phenomenon such as wild fire and drought / flooding. Previous generations of California Politicians were keenly aware of this and took active measures (flood controls, water storage and distribution, controlled burns) to minimize the human impact of these mostly unpredictable occurrences.
Then they stopped doing these things. As a third generation native of the once Golden State I blame this largely on the massive influx of what I refer to as “damn furriners” (emigres from the other 49 states), and the influence of the Sierra Club and other “environmentalists.
The state is currently bracing for a double whammy, as large storms which are expected to dump flood levels of rain close in on areas damaged by wild fires earlier in the season.
By Jonathan Belles, weather.com
Parts of Santa Barbara County recently affected by wildfires are now under evacuation orders because of the rain.
With fears that burn scar areas could see large mudslides during the first rain event since a series of wildfires devastated the landscape in the fall months, authorities have issued mandatory evacuations for vulnerable locations of the Thomas Fire and Whittier Fire burn scars, according to the Los Angeles Times. Voluntary evacuations have been issued for several other areas.
Residents under mandatory evacuations should leave their homes by noon local time Monday, NBC Los Angeles reported.
The headline is somewhat misleading. Southern California is not the only portion of the state which recently endured massive wildfires, the Sonoma and Napa Areas of Nothern California did so as well late last year as well, and even heavier rains are expected there. In addition, counties along the Southern Crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains are also bracing for flash flood conditions
Burn scars from the Sherpa and Rey fires were also being monitored closely for mudslides, and evacuations were also issued for areas nearby, the L.A. Times added.
The Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County, which was sparked Dec. 4, has burned more than 440 square miles and is the largest wildfire in state history. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Burn scars are especially susceptible to mudslides because wildfires can burn away all vegetation that holds back the land, leaving no defense against heavy rain.
Like California’s better known propensity for earthquakes, such wild fires and floods are neither new nor un-expected. The state just fails to adequately act to mitigate and prepare for them. Seismic preperations, which are paid by the property owners of the state, are much better mitigated if no better prepared for by our miserably incompetent leftist dominated political class.
This has all happened before, and our broken and corrupt politicians continue to refuse to learn the lessons of history.
The state should really make the goose the state bird, as it wakes up in a new universe every day.