When our overgrown forests are rife with standing dead and diseased trees, a single heat source finds this to be the opportune fuel source for a catastrophic chain reaction, the type of catastrophic chain reaction that we are witnessing right now in Washington state. Here are my personal feelings on the fires that are currently threatening my childhood home in Plain:
The brush still burns, the afflicted gaze on ashes where once stood their home, ranchers count the dead stock and see the black range — anger and anguish are as natural as lightning, heat and wind. It is the season for second guessing.
If you happen to drive past 10 N. Mission St. just south of The World building at night, stop by the side of the road and take a good look in the window to take in a unique view — an installation art project by Kasey Koski.
The devastation brought by the Carlton Complex fires, and the human suffering left behind, has provoked us. Such a spontaneous outpouring of generosity has rarely been seen here. There is nothing like it in our memory.
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don’t-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. His agenda, however, was to change his party’s national brand.
I thought I’d call the Red Cross Apple Valley Chapter Tuesday, to get a feel for how the fire relief efforts were going, maybe find out a little bit more about what people might need. I dialed the given number, 663-3907, and got a recording suggesting that lines were busy, please call back. And I called back, and called back, and then got Red Cross volunteer Sue Frese on the line. It sounded like she was working one of those political boiler rooms. The background was filled with voices, obviously ...
We face fearsome forces of nature. Fires in dry tinder pushed by 30 mph winds are unstoppable by ordinary or extraordinary effort. We cannot order the wind to cease or the flames to slow, any more than King Canute could hold back the sea. Humans, with all their clever and powerful machinery, are puny in comparison.