Rage

Fire and COVID rage all around me. Can’t we do better?

This has been anything but a normal year, but when I first saw the lightning strikes, I thought, even for 2020, this is crazy. Waking me from sleep in my San Francisco home, forks of lightning lit up the pitch-black sky at a terrifying frequency and with deafening roars. It was beautiful. It was ominous. In all, there were almost 7,000 lightning strikes on that mid-August day, streaking across the urban landscape.

The following morning, we joked of the coming apocalypse, but little did we imagine that two weeks later we would literally find ourselves in a fiery, hellish landscape, obscuring the beauty of California behind smoke and fire, and leaving millions of people struggling with the health consequences of breathing these toxic fumes. 

Coupled with climate change, heat waves and forest overgrowth, the lightning storms were the catalyst to the worst wildfire season the West Coast has seen in

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Over 1 million California acres have burned since July as monster fires rage in Bay Area

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A firefighter along Solar Hills Drive during the Hennessy fire on Wednesday in Vacaville, Calif. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

With more than 1 million acres already burned in California since July, emergency officials braced for yet another day of dangerous fire weather on Sunday as a series of deadly blazes around the Bay Area have destroyed hundreds of homes and sent tens of thousands fleeing.

The second- and third-largest fires in California history are expected to grow in the next few days as a new thunderstorm system moves over the state, producing dry lightning and gusty winds.

The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings across large swaths of Northern and Central California that were set to go into effect before sunrise Sunday.

The new weather system will include frequent lightning strikes and gusty erratic winds, forecasters said. It’s unwelcome

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More than 1 million acres have burned in California since July as monster fires rage around Bay Area

A firefighter along Solar Hills Drive during the Hennessy fire on Wednesday in Vacaville, Calif. <span class=(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/6Foymo42QTVvEOH4U_Yrwg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTQ3MA–/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/ARBE2v7xJHQsoR7AdXx4OA–~B/aD01NjA7dz04NDA7c209MTthcHBpZD15dGFjaHlvbg–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/380ecfbf93ea642049ffdc445ed182c3″ data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/6Foymo42QTVvEOH4U_Yrwg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTQ3MA–/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/ARBE2v7xJHQsoR7AdXx4OA–~B/aD01NjA7dz04NDA7c209MTthcHBpZD15dGFjaHlvbg–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/380ecfbf93ea642049ffdc445ed182c3″/
A firefighter along Solar Hills Drive during the Hennessy fire on Wednesday in Vacaville, Calif. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

With more than 1 million acres already burned in California since July, emergency officials braced for yet another day of dangerous fire weather on Sunday as a series of deadly blazes around the Bay Area have destroyed hundreds of homes and sent tens of thousands fleeing.

The second and third largest fires in California history are expected to grow in the next few days as a new thunderstorm system will move over the state, producing dry lightning and gusty winds.

The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings across large swaths of Northern and Central California that are set to go into effect before sunrise Sunday.

The storm system will develop frequent lightning strikes and gusty erratic outflow winds, forecasters said.

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COVID-19 Will Rage ‘Like A Forest Fire’ In Unprepared America, Top Doc Warns

COVID-19 will rage “like a forest fire” in a U.S. that has no clear plan to deal with it and has regressed to a dismissive, “pre-pandemic” attitude, a top infectious disease expert said Sunday.

America’s leadership is unfocused, Dr. Michael Osterholm told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” unlike other parts of the world that remain vigilant against the pandemic.

The spread of COVID-19 is “like a forest fire,” warned Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

“I don’t think that this is going to slow down. I think that wherever there is wood to burn, this fire is going to burn. And right now we have a lot of susceptible people,” he said.

“I don’t see this slowing down through the summer or into the fall. I don’t think we’re going to see one, two and three waves.

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