The current western phobia is wildfire. From Mexico to Alaska wildfires have swept the Pacific region this year. Somehow this island was spared although the fires far inland were so intense and widespread that at times the smoke was sent out to sea and blanketed our communities.
The rain festival seems to have returned for its obligatory 8 month gig. Sure it's cold and wet but that's infinitely better than wildfires any day.
Unfortunately northern California has had no reprieve. The wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties is ablaze and firefighters can't keep up.
Trump and company can pretend that this conflagration is not the result of climate change but California governor, Jerry Brown, isn't having any of that. Neither is wine producer, Will Bucklin.
The impact of climate change was hard to ignore, said Will Bucklin, whose vineyard in Sonoma Valley was touched by the fire on Monday. Bucklin’s Old Hill Ranch lost several buildings and about a dozen vines, but he said he felt lucky that his home and most of the plants had survived.
“We’ve had the wettest year on record and the driest year on record within the span of three years,” Bucklin said. “This is exactly what we predicted would happen.”
It's the constant growth in these wildfires that erases any doubt whether Ottawa and Washington are asleep at the switch. The sad fact is that we will continue to burn up until this finally becomes their priority - unless, by then, it's simply too late.