Here's a few insights about the current fire that speak to our concerns and questions about our relationship with the natural world.
NPR's John Nielsen on the ways of these winds:
When the winds are moderate, they blow air pollution out to sea and make life in Southern California more pleasant. But last week, after a gigantic mass of air formed over the high plateaus, the Santa Ana winds turned into monsters.
California Nurseryman Trey Pitsenberger on certain futility:
We can prepare and plant fire resistant plantings, build our homes of more fire resistant materials, and change our neighborhoods design to better resist fire but when the Santa Annas start blowing, look out!
The L.A. Times on our continued uneasy relationship with beauty:
Brush thrives on occasional disaster. Old undergrowth chokes out new life; fires clear the ground and fertilize and freshen the soil. We know that even as we fight the flames and grieve over their aftermath. Southern Californians have chosen to live where wildness is still a visible, occasionally destructive and often awe-inspiring force.
Please enlighten us with your thoughts about why we continue to be surprised by such catastrophe, and what us run-of-the-mill passionate environmentalists can do.