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This Afternoon

Hi65° Rain Likely


Lo54° Chance Rain then Mostly Cloudy


Hi73° Partly Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo55° Mostly Cloudy


Hi77° Partly Sunny

Friday Night

Lo56° Chance Rain


Hi72° Chance Rain

Saturday Night

Lo51° Slight Chance Rain


Hi69° Mostly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo51° Slight Chance Rain

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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