Los Angeles is burning. Some freaky stuff!

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    Sep 01, 2009 6:39 AM GMT

    It's just so surreal to see something like this.

    To see it happening in person is really freaky.

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    Sep 01, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    Living in the Sierras for 6 years and now at the base of them for 3, forest fires are a crazy reality. They not only effect the area being burned, but for 100s of miles around it the air quality is insanely bad. Reno/Tahoe has been smokey for about a week now due to some fires in Nevada/Yuba County.


    Last year the smoke was sooooo bad you couldn't even exercise outside.
  • stevendust

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    Sep 01, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    Thanks for the video, that's a really great find. Horrible this has to happen.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 01, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
    Wow! That is scary. I didn't realized the tape was sped up at first and I was freaking out cuz I have many friends in L.A. It looks like an atomic bomb cloud. Sure hope they get it under control.
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    Sep 01, 2009 5:09 PM GMT
    My partner's niece and her husband were both fire jumpers. Now only he is, and a senior leader, while she's become a full-time mother, who doesn't want to be away from their kids for extended periods, nor take the risk at this time, either. Bad enough if they lose their father. The husband often gets deployed to these fires in states throughout the US West, though currently based in Idaho. He has great stories to tell whenever they come here to visit, about fires we've seen in the news.

    I'm not sure I would want to live in the LA area, and my great sympathy for the tragedy some people are enduring right now. I don't doubt there are many wonderful aspects to life in LA, but with frequent fires, mudslides, risk of earthquake, smog, impossible traffic, and so forth, it hardly seems worth it.
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    Sep 01, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    Ah, now all we need is a massive earthquake to rip the state up and let it crumble into the Pacific, ridding America of its elongated, debt-heavy scar.
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    Sep 01, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    lugubrious saidAh, now all we need is a massive earthquake to rip the state up and let it crumble into the Pacific, ridding America of its elongated, debt-heavy scar.


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    Sep 01, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    Fable said
    lugubrious saidAh, now all we need is a massive earthquake to rip the state up and let it crumble into the Pacific, ridding America of its elongated, debt-heavy scar.


    Aren't you just a bowl full of cherries?


    I thought it was sunshine. *shrug*

    I live in LA, CA and the heat has been unbearable these past few days. I don't watch the news but I could sense there was a fire because of the air quality... My nostrils flare up...
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    Sep 01, 2009 6:05 PM GMT
    You could see the smoke and fire from San Diego all weekend. Drove up to Sierra Madre area and the whole mountain was glowing from the fires. Had to play Death Cab for Cutie's - Grapvine Fires, perfect music for the time.

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    Sep 01, 2009 6:14 PM GMT
    sdn8 saidYou could see the smoke and fire from San Diego all weekend. Drove up to Sierra Madre area and the whole mountain was glowing from the fires. Had to play Death Cab for Cutie's - Grapvine Fires, perfect music for the time.



    Oh, way to make light of others misfortune. MY misfortune. ....who cares about the 20+ rich folk that lost their homes.
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    Sep 01, 2009 6:16 PM GMT
    Being a Los Angeles native. Red we learn to live with it.
    Having lived through the SF quake and the last major quake in Los Angeles which happened on MLK birthday.

    We live with it. Just like people live through Twisters and Hurricanes it's all a part nature.

    Now the fires. There is now way that I would live in some of those areas. I just would not. If did there is no way that I would stay I would leave the home. The last time the fires were this bad was in the early 90's and the early 80's when it got so bad that they thought the Hollywood sign was going to burn. Soot and ash fell from the sky for weeks!

    Let's just hope the Santa Ana's don't come early! So far none of my friends home are threatened.
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    Sep 01, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    lugubrious saidAh, now all we need is a massive earthquake to rip the state up and let it crumble into the Pacific, ridding America of its elongated, debt-heavy scar.



    Think I've said a similar thing about Texas..


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    Sep 01, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
    We go through this shit every year. What sucks is the people that don't want to evacuate. They hold out, and hope the fire doesn't get to their property. And when the fire does reach them, they still wait and hope the fire department gets to them in time. They either die waiting, or firefighters die trying to save them.
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    Sep 01, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    lugubrious saidAh, now all we need is a massive earthquake to rip the state up and let it crumble into the Pacific, ridding America of its elongated, debt-heavy scar.



    No, what we need is for you to fall back into the stinky sink hole you crawled out of
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    Sep 01, 2009 6:46 PM GMT
    xrichx saidWe go through this shit every year. What sucks is the people that don't want to evacuate. They hold out, and hope the fire doesn't get to their property. And when the fire does reach them, they still wait and hope the fire department gets to them in time. They either die waiting, or firefighters die trying to save them.



    I remember living there when, I think it was around '1992-to-''93, in the span of one year we had the riots, the floods, the Malibu fires, the big Northridge quake and then the OJ trial. L.A. was a NIGHTLINE special for it seemed like forever.


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    Sep 01, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    Does anyone, professional or not, have any advice on dealing with the AIR QUALITY of this? I know to buy masks, and thinking to buy an air filter. Any specific kind of air filter? Any other suggestions? I really don't want to develop lung cancer in 10 years. The sky is yellowish and there's soot everywhere...and this is Hollywood we're talking about...not an outskirt suburb 30 miles away.
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    Sep 01, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
    It's all Fable's fault. He moves there and next thing you know he leaves his curling iron on next to his bottle of poppers and the whole state is up in flames.
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    Sep 01, 2009 7:27 PM GMT
    Given the infamous quality of the air in LA, is it now dangerous to be outside with all of the smoke in the air? When I first saw those images I thought a volcano had gone off there...those images are fantastic! Man, I though it sucked having to deal with twisters in the middle west but my god, you get it all in LA: earthquakes, mudslides, fires, Miley Cyrus!
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    Sep 01, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    JakeBenson saidDoes anyone, professional or not, have any advice on dealing with the AIR QUALITY of this? I know to buy masks, and thinking to buy an air filter. Any specific kind of air filter? Any other suggestions? I really don't want to develop lung cancer in 10 years. The sky is yellowish and there's soot everywhere...and this is Hollywood we're talking about...not an outskirt suburb 30 miles away.



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    Sep 01, 2009 9:05 PM GMT
    Jackal69 saidGiven the infamous quality of the air in LA, is it now dangerous to be outside with all of the smoke in the air? When I first saw those images I thought a volcano had gone off there...those images are fantastic! Man, I though it sucked having to deal with twisters in the middle west but my god, you get it all in LA: earthquakes, mudslides, fires, Miley Cyrus!



    It's not necessarily DANGEROUS, but its not advised to exercise in it....It mainly effects the elderly and people with lung conditions such as asthma.
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    Sep 01, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    JakeBenson saidDoes anyone, professional or not, have any advice on dealing with the AIR QUALITY of this? I know to buy masks, and thinking to buy an air filter. Any specific kind of air filter? Any other suggestions? I really don't want to develop lung cancer in 10 years. The sky is yellowish and there's soot everywhere...and this is Hollywood we're talking about...not an outskirt suburb 30 miles away.


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    Sep 01, 2009 9:21 PM GMT
    lugubrious saidAh, now all we need is a massive earthquake to rip the state up and let it crumble into the Pacific, ridding America of its elongated, debt-heavy scar.



    Wow. I mean....just wow.
    Either very jaded, spoiled, uncaring, insensitive ...or genetically obtuse.....one wonders which.
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    Sep 01, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    JakeBenson saidDoes anyone, professional or not, have any advice on dealing with the AIR QUALITY of this? I know to buy masks, and thinking to buy an air filter. Any specific kind of air filter? Any other suggestions? I really don't want to develop lung cancer in 10 years. The sky is yellowish and there's soot everywhere...and this is Hollywood we're talking about...not an outskirt suburb 30 miles away.



    Yes, move to Arizona :-)
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    Sep 01, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
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    lugubrious saidAh, now all we need is a massive earthquake to rip the state up and let it crumble into the Pacific, ridding America of its elongated, debt-heavy scar.



    Wow. I mean....just wow.
    Either very jaded, spoiled, uncaring, insensitive ...or genetically obtuse.....one wonders which.


    How about just stupid considering that CA is the world's 6th or 7th largest economy!
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    Sep 01, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
    JakeBenson saidDoes anyone, professional or not, have any advice on dealing with the AIR QUALITY of this? I know to buy masks, and thinking to buy an air filter. Any specific kind of air filter? Any other suggestions? I really don't want to develop lung cancer in 10 years. The sky is yellowish and there's soot everywhere...and this is Hollywood we're talking about...not an outskirt suburb 30 miles away.

    Do you have asthma? If not, don't worry about. If you were really concerned about air quality, you wouldn't be living in LA. icon_wink.gif