October 27, 2007

Firestorm Burns Down

With a break in the weather, came a break in the fires. It looks like most of the fires will be contained by Tuesday. My friends who were evacuated are now back home.

I worked a shift in the Emergency Operations Center last night and saw first hand the destruction of the man made, and the renewal of the natural. Most people never consider that fire ecology is the ecology of southern California. We don't have 40" of rain every year to rot and decay the dead plants. We have fire. The carbon cycle is how carbon-based life forms are renewed. That renewal comes through gradual decomposition, or quick-burning fire.