Station Fire burns at night over the San Fernando Valley

The wildfires in Los Angeles have been quite crazy.  The Station Fire extends from Pasadena to Acton and has burned over  150,000 acres.  This has caused some VERY smoky skies near my ‘hood (Studio City).  This has led to some great sunsets.  The other day I went up to Mulholland Drive, which runs along the ridge of the Santa Monica Mountains in LA.  I took the photo below just after sunset.  There were quite a lot of people up on Mulholland, watching the fires burn.  I found them quite beautiful but the damage they do is not.  Bottom line: humans have suppressed the natural fire regime for decades and have built up lots of fuel for huge fires like this.  Fire is a NATURAL occurrence in California and is necessary for proper ecosystem functioning.  We need to learn to live with wildfire, especially since global warming will increase the frequency and severity of fires throughout the Western United States.

"Station Fire above the Valley"

"Station Fire above the Valley", Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-180 Micro

~ by aaronburdick on September 4, 2009.

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