November 1, 2019
Welcome to Hell!
This is California now. The American Dream is burning away.
This is what the wages of sin buy you!
Residents of San Bernardino awoke early on Thursday to a rapidly-spreading fire covering 200 acres, one of several raging in southern California.
The Hillside fire, east of Los Angeles, spread faster than firefighters could contain it during intense winds.
Another major blaze had erupted on Wednesday dozens of miles away on the far side of Los Angeles.
The US National Weather Service said conditions were “extremely critical and life threatening”.
The strong gusts of wind fanning the flames have at times approached hurricane-level speeds of more than 74mph (119km/h).
In San Bernardino, about 490 homes were evacuated – about 1,300 people, and those evacuations remained in effect by 06:00 local time (13:00 GMT) as more than 500 firefighters tackled the blaze.
As California has gotten smugger and browner, the fires seemed to have increased in size and tempo. Coincidence? I think not.
The few rural Californians and Boomers living in leafy suburbs near the burning woods will be forced out by the fires and into the sprawling LA slums soon.
We’ve got mass evacuations going on now and rolling power-cuts.
Meanwhile, energy supplier Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) cut off power to nearly 400,000 more homes across California on Wednesday as a precaution against damaged power cables starting more fires.
The utility has come in for strong criticism for pre-emptively shutting off power to thousands of properties.
The company says it is a matter of public safety but critics say the precautionary blackouts have been too widespread and too disruptive.
Massive numbers of displaced people being moved into LA slums and then cutting off the power? We all know that this will lead to an “Escape from LA” scenario down the line.
And I think we can all look forward to that.