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Fire Prevention Realities Change, Following Huge Wild Fires

I am glad to see science replacing "common sense" which in the case of fire is often not only wrong but dangerous. As these scientists point out, the biggest risk to you and your home is the house itself, both where it is and what flammable things you have in the house and immediately around it. For example, curtains that will ignite when heated enough, plants that are too close to a house with deadwood or dried litter under it. One of the worse offenders is palm trees. When dried out, the fronds fly through the air like giant flaming arrows. All the homes that burned in my area were in a saddle between a mountain and a hill. They often had high winds there and when the fire came with very high winds, it blew right through there. Despite their best efforts to make things safe, they were in a bad location and it was sad to see so many homes lost.

October 3, 2011 at 8:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Defending Prop 8: Someone’s Got To Do It

This debate would be a lot more meaningful if it were argued from the general case, should the attorney general of California be required to defend all initiatives passed by the people of the state? Does current law require it? If not, what exceptions ought there be? Judges will decide that. If the state is not required to defend all initiatives, then those who believe it should can a) lobby their legislators to require it b) get going on an initiative requiring it. In this forum the level of the debate for defending this initiative is mostly "We hate homosexuals or think they are destroying our society, or think they shouldn't have the same rights as the rest of us." I expect that Prop 8 will be struck down because marriage conveys so many legal rights that are difficult or impossible to attain any other way and they are provided to all competent adults with almost no restriction except homosexuals. Does the state have the right to judge all homosexuals as deficient and not worthy of the rights others have? But as to whether California should defend Prop 8, I'm not sure and am interested in hearing what the courts decide on that issue, which I believe is separate from the legality of Prop 8 itself.

December 15, 2010 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dangerous Fire Season Under Way in Los Angeles

I appreciate you trying to get the word out that homeowners need to take responsibility around their homes. People in my area have the dangerous belief that if it is ornamental, it is safe and if it is native, it is not safe. Palms are particularly dangerous and grow like weeds. Cedar, cypress, pine and other flammable trees grow next to or overhang homes. Enormous pampas grass, weeds, dead trees, you name it. People are out there removing natives to the dirt on their property and leaving all manner of dangerous plants right up against their home. Regardless of what it is, the closer it is and the bigger it is, the more likely it will catch fire and transmit fire to the house. Not that bare dirt is necessary--just that plants should be cut back or limbed up and should not overhang or be up against or really close to homes (and access roads). Firemen need room to work around your home!

September 10, 2009 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )