This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.
Why does this keep happening to California year after year? As you read this article, enormous wildfires are ravaging large portions of northern California, and Governor Gavin Newsom has already declared a statewide emergency. An extreme wind event that began on Saturday evening is pushing the fires along at a staggering rate, and when the winds are howling this ferociously it is exceedingly difficult for firefighters to keep the fires from spreading.
It was being reported that on Sunday morning there were sustained winds exceeding 90 mph in northern California with “gusts that topped 100 mph”. It was the strongest wind event in several years, and it came at an extremely unfortunate time. These “hurricane-force Diablo winds” will continue into Monday morning, but that doesn’t mean that things will start to get better. As you will see below, another extreme wind event is in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Kincade Fire is the largest of the wildfires, and according to ABC News it has now “grown to 85 square miles”…
California Fire officials say a rapidly moving fire in Northern California wine country has grown to 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) and destroyed 94 buildings.
Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox called the conditions throughout California “a tinderbox” Sunday and asked people to continue being vigilant in helping to prevent fires from breaking out.
That is an absolutely massive wildfire, and the extremely strong winds are picking up embers from the Kincade Fire and starting blazes in new areas.
The following is what Cal Fire Captain Robert Foxworthy told reporters on Sunday morning…
“The wind speeds are extreme…The strongest winds I have felt in my career,” Cal Fire Capt. Robert Foxworthy told KPIX 5 Sunday morning. “They (the winds) are throwing embers a considerable distance in front of the main fire, causing spot fires, creating a real challenge for the crews fighting the fire.”
The Kincade Fire was only about 10 percent contained early on Sunday, but thanks to this extreme wind event the level of containment has now fallen to 5 percent.
In other words, this fire is completely and utterly out of control.
Pacific Gas & Electric is telling us that “nearly 2.7 million people lost electricity” on Sunday, and they are expecting more blackouts in northern California during the week.
Could you imagine being in the dark with no electricity and massive wildfires are raging all around you?
This is a terrifying time for those living in northern California, and approximately 200,000 are currently under mandatory evacuation orders.
According to the Sonoma County Sheriff, nobody can remember another time when there was an evacuation order this large…
Approx 180,000 people under evacuation order due to #KincadeFire. This is the largest evacuation that any of us at the Sheriff’s Office can remember. Take care of each other.
Sadly, most homeowners in California do not have fire insurance, and so when they lose their homes they may find it exceedingly difficult to rebuild.
And after last year’s horrific fires, some insurance companies decided not to renew coverage for many of those that did actually have fire insurance…
After last year’s devastating wildfires, insurance companies are balking at fire coverage policy renewals for more than 350,000 residents in high-risk areas.
“We are seeing an increasing trend across California where people at risk of wildfires are being non-renewed by their insurer,” state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said in a statement.
The California Department of Insurance “has seen cases where homeowners were paying an annual premium of $800-$1,000 but, upon renewal, saw increases to as high as $2,500-$5,000,” a staggering rise of more than 300 percent in most cases.
Insurance companies keep making it really hard for us to have a positive view of them. The entire purpose for insuring our homes is so that if disaster strikes we will be able to rebuild.
Of course, it probably doesn’t make much business sense to keep insuring multi-million dollar homes that are built in the middle of a tinderbox if these sorts of wildfires are just going to keep happening year after year after year.
But the truth is that we never used to see fires of such ferocity and intensity year after year. Yes, there have always been wildfires in California, but something has changed.
So why is this happening?
Why is California being absolutely pummeled by unprecedented fires in recent years?
Ultimately, I think that these latest fires will encourage even more people to leave the state, and you certainly can’t blame anyone that wants to leave.
The winds that are fueling the rapid growth of these wildfires are expected to die down late on Monday, but then another extreme wind event is coming on Tuesday…
On Sunday afternoon, PG&E announced it’s monitoring another extreme-wind event that could trigger yet another power outage Tuesday and Wednesday, the third such blackout in a week and fourth in October. Up to 32 counties in Northern and Central California could be affected.
Any way that you want to look at it, this is going to be a very tough week for northern California. This is what Governor Gavin Newsom said about “the next 72 hours” on Saturday…
“The next 72 hours will be challenging,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Saturday. “I could sugarcoat it, but I will not.”
At this moment, there are some portions of northern California that literally look like “hell on Earth”.
The devastation caused by these fires is going to be immense, but so far there haven’t been any reported deaths.
So that is the good news.
But the bad news is that these fires are going to keep happening, and the extreme social decay that is pushing so many people to leave the state is only going to intensify.
Yes, the weather is very nice in California in the winter and there are still lots of good jobs, but if I was living in California right now I would be looking to leave as soon as possible.
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S&P to pass 27,000 by 2037.
Currently at 3,040.
I told you so numerous times, the market will always make new highs because the spending is required. Imagine the coming $5 trillion **per year** spending for care of the obese. In a few more years we’ll spend more money on obese care than we spent in the entire Trump ~~eight year~~ government.
The spending on the obese will be numerous times more than the revenues from the communication/internet explosion of the 1990’s. Until there is a ban on processed carbs… only a fool wouldn’t be invested in the markets.
No collapse coming. What is occurring is natural and shall continue unless the fuel or food system fails. And that ain’t gonna happen, if it did, there isn’t enough prepping you could do to save your ass as everyone would beat your doors down if you had food and no one else had. No point in prepping.
I suggest you watch the 1962 Beverly Hillbillies episode where Miss Jane convinces the Clampetts’ not to dig up their front yard at the Mansion to grow food.
You’re fooling yourself and you don’t believe it.
But go ahead and buy the crap.
burn baby burn~~~~ disco inferno
California is a state that now has about a trillion dollars of public debt itself, has the highest taxes in the US, allows vast numbers of homelessness in their cities that has become an international embarrassment, massive and continuous wild fires, ongoing cutting of electrical power to millions of customers, grossly deteriorating infrastructure, and home to sanctuary cities and counties. Their liberal policies over the past few decades have wrought chaos. Hell, they can’t (won’t) even convict illegal immigrants of committed felonies when incontrovertible evidence exists. Now businesses, high income earners, retirees, professionals, and others are fleeing the state, depleting the tax base even more as social spending continues to rise. California Congress Rep.s are on record to basically strip away 2nd Amendment rights, infinitely subsidize totally free health care to all illegals, and ensure non Amer. citizens are able to vote. And finally, they believe they have the right to tell the rest of Amer. what to do and how to live.
A lot more can be said but the point has been made. California is earnestly becoming Marxist. Their liberal / Marxist policies have ran the state into the ground. The icing on the cake is that it’s going to get worse including fiscal and social turmoil. Many Californians says they want to make their state a country, I say please do; but the dirty reality is they could never survive alone. If Cali. were ever to break off it would split again with the saner north and central regions saying goodbye. Demoratic presidents would become a thing of the past in the rest of the US because of the loss of the 55 electoral votes Cali. always delivers.
I fully support secession however. Philosophically, I see the Southern state I am from as my country.
Its eith Agenda 21 or Agenda 2030 that wants to move people into the cities in order to control them. I think some of these fires are being purposely set and would move some of these people into cities or out of the state. Thoughts?
Wonder why this is happening?
Whether you blame geology, electricity, or people with Islamist names for the fires…
There is no ostensible reason for CalExit to have consulates in Russia and China, nor for 31 flavors of reprobates to overpopulate us, at the point when gross welfare statism becomes physically impossible.
“And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about….
We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.”
— from Jer 51
Fanners, “zuwr” —
to be strange, be a stranger
to become estranged
strange, another, stranger, foreigner, an enemy (participle)
loathsome (of breath) (participle)
strange woman, prostitute, harlot (meton)
(Niphal) to be estranged
(Hophal) to be a stranger, be one alienated
One of the things I haven’t seen covered is how the rural Fire Departments are funded. This is a big problem.
The passage of Proposition 13 in 1978 resulted in the setting of funding rates for rural fire. At the time, many rural areas were sparsely populated and manned primarily by volunteers. This resulted in funding rates of from .03 to .10 per property tax dollar. Since there were few fires and few people, volunteer depts could operate at these levels.
As the rural areas became more dense, they required far more services. The funding however was stuck at unrealistically low levels. It takes approximately .14 per dollar to fund fire departments adequately. The state of ca is absolutely unwilling to give up any of the property tax levy, and this leaves fire departments struggling for shoelaces and bandaids, let alone engines and hoses.
What this translates to is poor response times to what could be kept as small fires. By the time rural resources (like, a single engine showing up an hour or more after initial reporting) arrive the fire has grown far beyond their ability to contain it. Why then can anyone reasonably expect that ANY wildfire can be contained? Even the Oakland Hills fire, in a well funded, easy to access area, turned into a “wildfire in an urban landscape”. It destroyed much of the toney Oakland Hills in 1991, well before the B.S. of “climate change”.
Teachers unions and other public employee’s unions are always screaming for more money, striking and causing chaos for taxpayers while delivering nothing. Firefighters on the other hand turn to the task at hand and perform miracles with nothing.
Imagine what could be done if our public officials “woke” up and actually put public safety FIRST for a change?
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