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Wine Country fires: What we know, and what we don’t
« Reply #525 on: October 10, 2017, 10:34:23 AM »
Fabulous pics in the slideshow in this article.  Go to the SFgate site to view the pics.

It's a real Dante's Inferno going on there.  :o


Wine Country fires: What we know, and what we don’t

By Kimberly Veklerov Updated 9:28 am, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Napa and Sonoma County wildfires on October 9, 2017
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Fifteen wildfires in Northern California, many of them in the Wine Country, ravaged homes, businesses, vineyards and farmland Monday. Thirteen people were confirmed dead and several others were severely burned. Major highways were shut down, and local officials requested help from around the region as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency.

Information from authorities and residents on the ground was developing throughout Monday. Officials said efforts were focused on saving people’s lives, so many details were not fully known.

    Chimneys line the streets after the fire in Santa Rosa, Ca., on Monday October 9, 2017. Massive wildfires ripped through Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses on Monday October 9, 2017 Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

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Chimneys line the streets after the fire in Santa Rosa, Ca., on Monday October 9, 2017. Massive wildfires ripped through Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses on ... more

What we know:

• Thirteen people are confirmed dead — seven in Sonoma County, two in Napa County and three in the Mendocino County town of Redwood Valley and one in the Yuba County town of Loma Rica. More than 110 people were treated at hospitals, many for smoke inhalation but a few for severe burns.

• Sonoma County officials said Tuesday morning they had received up to 150 reports
of missing individuals.

• At least 1,500 homes and commercial facilities have been destroyed in the fires, which are burning in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake, Nevada, Butte, Calaveras, Shasta, and Yuba counties. A fire station in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa was among the ravaged structures.

• At least 73,000 acres in total have burned.

• Napa County officials said three fires are burning in their jurisdiction: the Tubbs Fire near Calistoga and Santa Rosa at 25,000 acres, the Atlas Peak Fire at 25,000 acres and the Partrick Fire in the Carneros area at 3,000 acres.

• There was zero or extremely limited containment on all of the fires Tuesday morning.

• Mandatory evacuation orders were in place for certain residential areas of Santa Rosa, numerous areas elsewhere in Sonoma County, and in and around the city of Napa. People in some neighborhoods in Fairfield were being encouraged to evacuate.
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• Emergency dispatch centers in the Bay Area were being overwhelmed by 911 calls. Officials urged people to only call 911 for active, unattended flames or life-threatening emergencies.

• The National Weather Service issued its highest possible alert, a red flag warning, because of extremely dry, windy conditions Monday. The warning expired at 5 a.m. Tuesday as tempertures dropped overnight in the fire zones.

“Any new fire starts will have the potential for rapid fire growth,” forecasters said in a statement. “Shifting winds may push ongoing fires in new directions.”

• At one point, more than 114,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in the North Bay lost power. Hardest hit was Santa Rosa, with more than 23,460 customers blacked out, and St. Helena, with more than 7,660 losing electricity service. The utility, which mobilized workers from outside the Bay Area to respond to the emergency, managed to restore electricity service to about 12,000 of those customers by midday.

• The California Highway Patrol said it had rescued 44 people, ranging from ages 5 to 91, by helicopter. Five dogs and a cat were also airlifted.

• A number of historic structures and popular destinations, including Santa Rosa’s luxury Fountaingrove Inn and the Signorello Estates winery in Napa, were destroyed.

• Portable classrooms, the library and the main office at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa was destroyed. The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa was damaged.

• Sonoma County officials said they have received reports of looting, and Santa Rosa police issued a mandatory curfew that expired at 6:45 p.m. Monday.

What remains unclear:

• The causes of all the fires remain under investigation. Daniel Berlant, spokesman with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said investigators were in the area to determine the causes and origins of the fires.

• Officials do not yet know how many people were injured in the fires. But a spokeswoman for St. Joseph Health said Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital treated about 60 people for wildfire-related injuries, including two burn patients in critical condition. Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa treated about 40 patients, transferring one person with significant burns to a specialty center.

• The exact number of damaged and destroyed structures was not known, but officials believe there were more than 1,500.

• The exact number of evacuees was not known, but officials believed there were about 20,000.

• How much money and how many resources — including an exact number of firefighters — being devoted to firefighting was not clear. Hundreds of firefighters from as far away as San Diego were assisting in the efforts.

• It wasn’t known Monday whether President Trump would approve Brown’s request for a major disaster declaration and additional federal aid.

• The total number of missing individuals was not known. Those looking for relatives and friends may file a missing-person report with Sonoma County officials at (707) 565-3856.

Kimberly Veklerov is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @kveklerov

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Fast Collapse ARRIVES in CA Wine Country
« Reply #526 on: October 10, 2017, 08:41:12 PM »
More incredible pics in this slide show.  Go to the link.

Complete and total DEVASTATIONFast Collapse has ARRIVED for CA Wine Country.  Notify Mr. Wizard they skipped over the Slow Catabolic Collapse phase.



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CA Wildfires: The DEVASTATION continues
« Reply #527 on: October 11, 2017, 12:27:47 AM »
Getting positively BIBLICAL now.  :o


Toll from Northern California firestorms sharply rise: 2,000 structures destroyed, at least 17 dead

Penny Wright discusses the loss of her home in the Fountaingrove neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif.
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The toll from Northern California’s ranging wildfires continued to grow Tuesday evening as officials said the fires destroyed up to 2,000 structures and killed at least 17 people.

The devastating losses establish firestorms among the most destructive in California history. The estimated losses of homes, businesses and other buildings jumped from 1,500 to 2,000, and officials fear the death toll will also continue to rise.

Sonoma County alone has received about 200 reports of missing people since Sunday night, and sheriff’s officials have located 45 of those people, said county spokeswoman Maggie Fleming.

The majority of the fatalities are from Sonoma County, where huge swaths of the city of Santa Rosa were leveled by the Tubbs fire. Eleven people have died in Sonoma County as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Two people have died in Napa County, three in Mendocino County and one in Yuba County, Cal Fire officials said.
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Wildfires burning in Napa and Sonoma counties

As firefighters continued to battle one of the worst firestorms in California history, federal officials vowed to help.

Vice President Mike Pence said in a visit to California's emergency management headquarters that President Trump has approved a "major disaster declaration" for California. When he spoke, 13 people had been confirmed dead.

"Let me first say our hearts and the hearts of every American go out to the families of the 13 who've lost their lives. It's heartbreaking to think that many of the fallen represent our most vulnerable; in some cases senior citizens who simply were not able to escape the flames that overcame their homes," he said. "They are in our prayers."

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the two biggest blazes — the Tubbs fire and the Atlas Peak fire in Napa County — had burned 27,000 and 25,000 acres, respectively, said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. Both fires were uncontained, he said. Firefighters are hoping that winds will lessen enough Tuesday to allow crews to get a handle on the fires.
24 structures lost and 7,500 acres burned in Orange County firestorm, but progress reported

“Though our containment numbers haven’t gone up just yet, we’ve at least been able to hold these fires and keep them at their current acreage,” Berlant said. The Tubbs fire grew about 2,000 acres since Monday night.

Some of the smaller fires had some containment as of Monday night, he said: The 2,500-acre Sulphur fire in Lake County was 10% contained, and the 2,000-acre 37 fire in Sonoma County was 15% contained.

About 20,000 people evacuated their homes Sunday night and Monday, and there were additional evacuations in the Tubbs fire area and in Yuba County overnight, Berlant said.

Residents of some areas were allowed to return Tuesday night, including in the Forestville area.

Red flag warnings in effect throughout much of Northern California had expired as of Tuesday morning, Berlant said. Winds of up to 50 mph Sunday night helped spread the flames.

“Overnight, the wind that had fanned these fires had really decreased, and that gave us an opportunity to really take a stand against these fires,” Berlant said early Tuesday. “We are again today hoping to see very little wind compared to Sunday.”

But the cool and quiet of night did not stymie the progress of the Atlas fire, which stretched across the hills east of Napa and sparked a chain of more fires to the west.

“They continue to move. They were moving all night,” burning more structures in their wake, Cal Fire incident commander Kevin Lawson said Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, the Atlas fire was moving down the east side of a ridge into Solano County and threatening residents of Green Valley. The Partrick fire southwest of Napa was pushing toward heavily populated areas, and emergency planners warned that the fire could grow.

A few miles north, the community of Glen Ellen continued to be threatened by the Nuns fire burning in the Mayacamas Mountains.

Fire behavior specialist Jon Heggie told crews heading out at dawn Tuesday to be prepared for the fires to turn north and east into dry brush “with 80% to 90% probability of ignition.”

As of late Tuesday, the 16 fires in Northern California had destroyed up to 2,000 homes, businesses and other structures, said Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox.

Several thousand firefighters from across the state are battling the blazes, and some strike teams from Southern California have been sent north, Berlant said. The California National Guard has deployed six additional helicopters to aid in firefighting efforts.

And evacuees will not be able to return to their homes for some time, he said.
Before & After: Subdivision in Santa Rosa destroyed by fire

“Many of these fires, it’s going to take several more days, even potentially more weeks, before we have full containment,” Berlant said.

Still, some tried to get back to their houses Tuesday.

It took Brady Harvell almost two hours to find what he was looking for in the rubble of his parents’ home on the northwest corner of Santa Rosa.

Using a small spade to move ashes aside, Harvell had been searching for the Army dog tags he gave his father in 2013 when he returned from deployment in Iraq. At 12:40 p.m. he reached down and pulled it out of a gray pile. Harvell held it up and shouted: “Got it! Oh, my God! Got it!”

Marveling over the discolored and misshapen treasure in the palm of his hand, he said: “I grew up here, all my memories are from this very spot. It’s where I played and learned right from wrong. But the fire destroyed every photograph my mother and father had of me. It took all our memories, except this one.”

Harvell reached into his pocket and pulled out a cellphone and dialed.

“Love you, Brady,” his father said at the other end of the line.

“Love you, Dad,” Harvell replied.

Lance Thomspon, 75, returned to his Hidden Valley neighborhood Tuesday to find streets filled with broken utility poles and huge tangles of smoldering power lines. Some streets were blocked by yellow police tape.

Once home to stately two-story brick homes fronting winding, narrow lanes gated by 100-foot pine trees, most of the neighborhood was reduced to ashes, twisted metal and broken water mains splashing onto heaps of blackened beams. The only things left standing were the skeletal trunks and limbs of charred pine trees and dozens of lonesome chimneys.

Thompson was one of the lucky ones. He didn't lose his home.

Leaping from ridge top to ridge top in grass and oak woodlands, flames raced across the heart of the California wine country, claiming houses, hotels, at least one winery and a dairy.

In Santa Rosa, the Tubbs fire leveled an entire neighborhood, burned a Hilton hotel, turned big-box stores into smoking ruins and prompted the evacuation of two hospitals — Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Kaiser's Santa Rosa Medical Center.

At the Fountaingrove Inn, the fire left behind only the steel frame, now crooked in many places, and parts of the stone walls. A mess of tangled rebar, broken piping and blackened tree limbs lay strewn above piles of rubble. Water pipes hung askew and broken glass littered the hedges.

Amazingly, at the far side of the inn, a dry fountain, two wooden tables and about a dozen wooden chairs sat intact.

Farther up the hill at the sprawling Hilton site, small fires still smoldered and occasional pieces of debris rained down. On the far end of the property the pool and sitting area around it were untouched.

Though the conditions that fed the blazes — high winds from the interior, dried-up vegetation and low humidity — are more typical of Southern California’s fall fire season, the north has seen its share of horrific autumn wildfires.

The state’s second-deadliest blaze is the October 1991 Tunnel fire in the Oakland and Berkeley hills, which erupted on a quiet Sunday and killed 25 people.

The Tunnel fire also ranks as the most destructive wildfire in California history, consuming 2,900 structures.

Two years ago the Valley fire roared across Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, killing four people and destroying 1,995 buildings.

Survivors’ accounts and sheriff’s dispatch recordings tell harrowing tales of the chaos that struck Sunday night.

Eric Anderson managed a narrow escape from his home on Mark West Springs Road, where the flames swooped down just before 10 p.m. and exploded into the town below, destroying hundreds of homes.

“It just came through there, like a blowtorch,” said Anderson, a contractor. “I saw fire trucks racing up Martin West and then, five minutes later, I saw them racing down. I said, time to get out of here.”

Anderson said residents in the wooded area, which is dotted with million-dollar homes, had little warning. As he loaded the last box of possessions into his car, a flurry of embers flew overhead, setting off spot fires throughout the hillside community.

Meanwhile in Napa County, terror that swept in with the wind-driven fire over those living on Atlas Peak was evident in the chaos that erupted in a span of less than 10 minutes over the Napa County sheriff’s dispatch radio late Sunday night.

The distress calls, crackling over the radio since 10 p.m., arrived in rapid fire by 10:42 p.m.

“Parents trapped in garage,” one officer radioed in to the central dispatcher, giving an Atlas Peak Road address, followed by another warning: “The fire is moving quickly through here.”

Two minutes later, the dispatcher sent help to a second house on the road: "Two people trapped.”

Barely a minute later, a call came in for another house on the road: "An elderly lady trapped.”

At the same time, an officer on scene radioed in the loss of a nearby house. “It is on fire now, it looks like they evacuated,” he said.

The dispatcher sent out an all-points request for “any units in the area.”

“Two people called, advising their house is on fire, and they need help evacuating.”

A minute later, she repeated the call.

“Is anybody able to go to 2232 for two people trapped in a house on fire?”

Two deaths have been confirmed from the fire that tore through the neighborhood. Charles and Sara Rippey, ages 100 and 99.

One woman died as she was trying to flee the Cascade fire in Yuba County, county spokesman Russ Brown said.

The woman was in a convoy of cars traveling on Lone Tree Way in the town of Loma Rica, Brown said, when her car veered off the road amid heavy smoke.

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CA Wildfires: It gets BIGGER
« Reply #528 on: October 11, 2017, 03:02:23 PM »
This is getting bigger than Puerto Rico.  :o


Northern California wine country fires: 21 dead, 670 people missing, 3,500 structures burned

Officials say 670 people are missing and 110 people have been found in the destructive wildfires in the North Bay. (AP)
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KABC) --
Wildfires tearing through Northern California's wine country flared up again Wednesday, destroying hundreds more structures and leading to new evacuation orders as authorities raised the death toll to 21.

At least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed since the wildfires started Sunday, making them the third deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history.

Eleven of the 21 killed are believed to be from Sonoma County alone. Nearly 88,000 acres have been burned in the six major fires, including the Tubbs Fire in Napa County which has grown to 30,000 acres.

Approximately 3,500 structures have been destroyed statewide, including homes and businesses and several wineries.

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A video shared by the Sonoma Sheriff's Office shows the dramatic conditions responders face when driving through the wildfires.

Nearly three days after the flames ignited in Northern California, firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes, which were growing in number. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said 22 wildfires were burning, up from 17 on Tuesday.

A wind advisory has been issued with gusts of more than 50 mph expected later Wednesday in the North Bay. The winds could down trees, trigger more power outages and pick up embers.

Evacuations have expanded for the wildfires for parts of Sonoma Valley after a blaze grew to 44 square miles. New evacuation orders were also in place for Green Valley in Solano County.

PHOTOS: Deadly fires burn in Napa, Calistoga areas
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='none'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='Jeff Chiu/AP Photo'>Santa Rosa firefighters work on a fire on the side of a road near the Oakmont area in Santa Rosa, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='none'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='Jeff Chiu/AP Photo'>The sun shines through smoke and haze from wildfires over Santa Rosa, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='none'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='Jeff Chiu/AP Photo'>Rudy Habibe and his service dog Maximus walk toward a burning building at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel, where he was a guest, in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='none'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo'>Flames fed by a gas line, burns in the debris of a fire ravaged home, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='none'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo'>Rivers of melted metal flow from a vehicle parked at a home, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, that was destroyed by a wildfire near Napa, Calif.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='none'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo'>Firefighter Nick Gonzalez-Pomo, of the San Rafael Fire Department, waters down hot spots on a garage Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='none'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='Nick Giblin/DroneBase via AP'>This aerial image shows a neighborhood that was destroyed by a wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.</span></div>
Santa Rosa firefighters work on a fire on the side of a road near the Oakmont area in Santa Rosa, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said the number of missing-persons reports surpassed 600, up from about 200 a day earlier. But officials believe many of those people will be found, saying that the chaotic evacuations and poor communications over the past few days have made locating friends and family difficult.

He also expects the death toll to climb.

At least 100 people were injured during the blazes that started Sunday night. Sonoma County sheriff's officials said 110 missing people have been found, but 670 still remain missing.

"The devastation is enormous," Giordano said. "We can't even get into most areas."

More than 240 members of the California National Guard helped ferry fuel to first responders because so many gas stations were without power. Guard members were also helping with medical evacuations and security at evacuation centers, said Maj. Gen. David Baldwin.

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Napa County officials give a Tuesday morning update on the deadly wildfires burning in the North Bay.

In addition to knocking out electricity, the blazes damaged or destroyed 77 cellular sites, disrupting communication services that officials were rushing to restore, said Emergency Operations Director Mark Ghilarducci.

Among the victims were 100-year-old Charles Rippey and his wife, Sara, who was 98. The couple was married for 75 years and lived at the Silverado Resort in Napa. "The only thing worse would have been if one survived without the other," their granddaughter, Ruby Gibney said.

A thick, smoky haze cloaked much of Napa and Sonoma counties, where neighborhoods hit by the fires were completely leveled. Authorities warned residents not to return to their houses for safety reasons, citing the risk of exposed electrical and gas lines and unstable structures including trees.

But many found it hard to stay away.

IMPORTANT: 670 people are still listed as missing in Sonoma County. Officials hope some have been found but have just not yet been reported as found. If you know someone who was missing but no longer is please call the Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center at 707-565-3856

In the Santa Rosa suburb known as Coffey Park, Robyn Pellegrini let out a cry of grief as she approached the smoldering ruins of the duplex she shared with her husband and their 6-year-old son. Daniel Pellegrini held his wife before they went searching for something they could salvage for their child.

With bare hands, they sifted through the remains of the exterior wall, which had collapsed into dust inside the house and covered all the other debris in their boy's room. They found a stuffed animal - charred but still recognizable as a turtle. Robyn Pellegrini let out joyful gasps when they found pieces of his rock collection.

A young boy across the street, whose home was spared, brought over one of his own stuffed animals to share.

"You lose all your photos," said Tony Pellegrini, Daniel's father. "You feel like you lost a part of your life."

In Washington, President Donald Trump said he spoke with Gov. Jerry Brown to "let him know that the federal government will stand with the people of California. And we will be there for you in this time of terrible tragedy and need."

The government declared a disaster, which should give the state help putting out the flames.

More than 400 miles away from the wine-making region, flames imperiled parts Orange County. Thousands of people were displaced by a wildfire that destroyed or damaged 24 structures, including homes. Hot, dry Santa Ana winds swept fire along brushy outskirts of Orange County suburbs and equestrian properties. More than a dozen schools were closed.

PHOTOS: Canyon 2 Fire destroys homes, prompts evacuations in Orange County
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='KABC'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit=''>Firefighters work to extinguish flames consuming a home near Serrano Avenue in Anaheim Hills after a brush fire caught it ablaze.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='KABC'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='KABC'>The Canyon Fire 2 in Orange County continues into the night on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='KABC'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit=''>Flames burn along an Orange neighborhood as the Canyon Fire 2 continues to burn on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='KABC'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit=''>A home near Serrano Drive in Anaheim Hills was completely consumed with fire, including its garage.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='KABC'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='KABC'>Orange County residents volunteer to work the Canyon Fire 2 after it scorched through the Peters Canyon Regional Park on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='KABC'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit=''>Several homes in Anaheim Hills were burned completely to the ground by a brush fire Monday.</span></div>
<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='KABC'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit=''>Thousands of acres of scorched earth could be seen from the air as firefighters worked to contain the Canyon Fire 2 burning near Anaheim Hills.</span></div>
Firefighters work to extinguish flames consuming a home near Serrano Avenue in Anaheim Hills after a brush fire caught it ablaze.

The blaze, which disrupted major commuter routes, spread over nearly a dozen square miles in less than 24 hours as a squadron of helicopters and airplanes bombarded it with water and retardant.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said the blaze was nearly halfway surrounded and full containment was expected by Saturday, but another round of gusty winds and low humidity levels could arrive late Thursday.

It was unusual for so many fires to take off at the same time. Other than the windy conditions that helped drive them all, there was no known connection between the blazes, and authorities have not cited a cause for any of them.

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2017-10-10 - Hydrogen sulfide in the late hours and wee hours hitting coastal Goleta (California):

Quote: "Residents in western Goleta are complaining about a bad odor in the early mornings and late evenings. Resident Paula Reynosa says she's noticed the odor for a couple of days now, some days worse than others. 'Smells like rotten eggs, very putrid. It just gets into your nose and it's kind of like irritating to your breathing. (I) noticed a lot more coughing, a lot more sneezing,' she said. Janet Belch says this isn't the first time she's had to deal with the smell. 'I've experienced it for many, many years as an on and off thing and we've all asked a number of times to have it be investigated,' she said. The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and agencies are investigating the cause. Inspectors detected hydrogen sulfide, a gas that produces a rotten egg smell, in the Elwood Canyon area on Sunday."

Note: About 117 miles northeast of Huntington Beach, where they just formed a committee to investigate why THEIR city is being hit by hydrogen sulfide, mentioned in the 2017-10-02 update. And roughly in the middle, between Goleta and Huntington Beach, in coastal Malibu, Tom Petty recently dropped dead at age 66, also mentioned in the 2017-10-02 update...

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