Into The Fire…

9 May

One of the perennial jokes about California is that there are four seasons, two of which were earthquakes and fires.

Yesterday as I was driving home from Pasadena, I noticed the smoke. At first I thought it was coming from right over a hill next to the highway, but as I drove further south on Route 2, I saw the plumes of smoke bigger and more fierce than I had previously imagined.

I realized that it was in Griffith Park, one of the coolest places to be in LA.

In some places we might not see the effect of global warming right away, but here in LA, we experienced them all too brutally yesterday — searing hot temperatures leading to a large urban fire — the fifth in Griffith Park since December.

It’s easy to become complacent about our place in the world, but yesterday was certainly a good reminder of the impermanence that is part of our collective human existence.

Photos from Today’s LA Times


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7 Responses to “Into The Fire…”

  1. Sacha May 10, 2007 at 2:18 am #

    That’s terrible. :/ Did they put it out relatively quickly? Any injuries?

  2. Kelly May 10, 2007 at 11:13 am #

    Yikes! These last few years, I dunno how you west-coasters do it. I just don’t think I could live comfortably in a place that keeps bursting into flame. Just a little dot of added tension for your summers, sheesh!

  3. geckogrrl May 10, 2007 at 5:11 pm #

    From what I’ve heard, no one got seriously hurt since it is a large park…

  4. knitplaywithfire May 10, 2007 at 6:18 pm #

    So no long as any one gets hurt, everything else can be replaced. And wild fires are what happens when we build into wilderness. Nature likes things to burn to regrow.

  5. geckogrrl May 10, 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    Yes, this is so true. It’s actually interesting because this area hasn’t had many fires for years and there have been no forced burns there(which is really what forests/wild areas need here…) It might take a fire like this to make the city officials aware of better forest care/fire prevention (such as forced burns…)

    Unfortunately, since LA has so few icons, many of them (such as the Griffith Park observatory/Hollywood Sign)were in danger of being destroyed. But, I guess that is what life is about anyway, isn’t it– destruction and renewal???

  6. Rina May 11, 2007 at 3:27 am #

    Yikes. Brings back memories of the Berkeley/Oakland hills fire back around 1991. There are so few open spaces in LA, what a bummer about Griffith Park.

  7. joylimos May 13, 2007 at 2:26 am #

    i know huh! it’s too bad i can’t relate about it being the coolest place on LA because unfortunately, i haven’t been in it. so much for someone who lives in LA.

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