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This Afternoon

Hi52° Isolated Showers

Tonight

Lo38° Showers Likely

Friday

Hi51° Showers Likely

Friday Night

Lo32° Slight Chc Showers

Saturday

Hi52° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo27° Clear

Sunday

Hi48° Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo31° Mostly Cloudy

Monday

Hi47° Slight Chc Rain

Monday Night

Lo26° Slight Chc Snow

This is the dawn of our fire season

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For the newcomers to our normally placid valleys, we offer this sobering thought: This is normal. Blistering heat, gusty winds so dry they turn the lush to tinder, lightning strikes too numerous to count, people too careless to believe, followed inevitably by raging fires moving faster than humans can run, friends and neighbors ordered to flee, horizons bright orange with flame and the smoke flowing down the slopes to choke us out. It’s routine.

It may not happen every summer. We have respites long enough to blank out some memories, making this year’s fires seem catastrophic and not just a continuation of a trend. Rest assured, this is nothing new. We live at the dessicated eastern foot of a great mountain range, in the shadow where rain is sparse, the soil dry and vegetation crisp. Fire here is a natural thing.

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