Photo: Nadin Abbott
August 9, 2012 (Chihuahua Valley, north of Warner Springs) Yesterday a fire started in a pretty isolated area of San Diego County. This is an area that has had repeated fires, whether that was the 2002 Coyote Fire or the 2003 Cedar Fire, people have had a lot of them in the recent past.
The Valley itself is a box canyon and difficult for fire crews to get into and out off. We were allowed to go into the fire zone, and got some good photos, but that is not the point of this. What struck is is how often we have had these fires. Moreover, with the expansion of wind and electrical projects in the back country such as the Powerlink line, we will only make the job of fire fighters much harder. It is not just that. We are making a fateful decision. We really are not looking at other models of energy distribution, and are limiting ourselves to centralized generation systems. We had a power not too long ago that took the power grid from Ensenada to the South of Orange County and all the way to Arizona. It was tracked to a single point of failure in the grid in Arizona. Do we really need to have such a system repeated in the 21st century?
The East County Magazine, and her editor chiefly, have covered the emerging projects in the East County and their dangers.
What follows are just some of the articles that have been written by her.
This is just a small sample of articles. In a way, this is an effort to educate a larger audience, than literally my back yard, on the issue. I will be honest, until I started covering the East County, I did not realize this was going on. So in a way, this is my effort to share with you as well.
For the record, we do need a mixed green energy grid. Yes, wind power is part of it. The question is why is solar not being pushed far more, given the conditions of the South West? And why is a distributive network distribution system sneered at by those who hold the power to make these decisions?
Now back to the fire, of importance. If you happen to read this and you need help with your animals, please go to the American Red Cross Shelter at Warner Springs High School at 30951 State Route 79. Per Daniel DeSouza, County Animal Control, they are willing to help residents get their animals, or at the very least take care of feeding and watering their animals. But to do this, they need an adress.
Last night the CHP had a hard cannot cross line into the only road into the valley. (We were allowed in, at our own risk, we are media, we are nuts, we admit it). And as of last check it was still up.
The latest Cal Fire update, as of 07:30 in the morning, had the fire at 5% containment and 900 acres.
Here, you can follow Cal Fire directly if you are so inclined.
It goes without saying, if you live in the area, please stay alert. If you do not, well, wish the residents of our back country well.
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