A Quick Opinion: The fear of wildfires should be on everyone's mind

“Watching and reading reports about the people gives me hope that they will rebuild their lives and community.”
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FILE: The County Fire burns in Capay, California on June 30, 2018. Photo by Matthew Keys

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Paradise Post, the local newspaper, online, but didn’t see where their building had been destroyed or not. They are part of a chain of newspapers that includes the Chico Enterprise-Record and their writers and production takes place in Chico. The question I wanted to ask was whether their achieves were in Chico or in Paradise? I guess I’ll have to wait until I talk to someone from the Post. Most newspapers microfilmed their papers and now have digital copies, but there is something about the physical copies of old newspapers. Some of our old newspapers are on display at the Buckhorn and I’m sure they are appreciated more than if they were just being shown on a video monitor. The same can be said about photos and other memorabilia. The night Cody’s was burning, I raced down to the office and parked my van in front. I loaded up the oldest copies of the Express first and then started trying to save the computers and old backups. At some point, a local fireman, don’t remember who, tapped me on the shoulder and told me our buildings weren’t going to burn. I feel the sense of relief again even as I write this. As with the Camp Fire up north, the firemen and other first responders do a great job of saving surrounding structures and they saved the Express that day. In Paradise, there wasn’t a lot that could be done as high winds, dry timber and low humidity created a nightmare for homeowners and firefighters. They saved what they could and moved on to try and save the next neighbor down the road. They are still on the front lines, doing what they can to put out the fire, once and for all. Lives have been lost, homes and businesses destroyed and nerves shattered, but watching and reading reports about the people gives me hope that they will rebuild their lives and community. Besides the lives that were lost, what can’t be replaced are all the family photos, trophies, keepsakes and other collectables. Folks will still have their memories, but there will be a hole in their family history that won’t be easy to fill. I’m not sure how you protect against wildfires, but people smarter than I will figure it out, hopefully soon. Count your blessings, thank a first responder and have a good week.]]>

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  1. In response to Charlie’s editorial, it is indeed a fact that we should all fear the wildfire that will threaten our homes and families. Maybe 15 years ago a Yolo County Grand Jury report suggested that Winters should install Tsunami horns as an audible alarm for the town residents. It was not a crazy idea, considering the possibility of an earthquake and the dam breaking. It is also a great idea to alert residents in case of an out of control wildfire during nighttime hours. Lives could be saved. We should learn from our unfortunate neighbors who have lived these horrors. Winters needs to be proactive and consider the bigger picture of what has become the ‘new abnormal’.

  2. In response to Charlie’s editorial, it is indeed a fact that we should all fear the wildfire that will threaten our homes and families. Maybe 15 years ago a Yolo County Grand Jury report suggested that Winters should install Tsunami horns as an audible alarm for the town residents. It was not a crazy idea, considering the possibility of an earthquake and the dam breaking. It is also a great idea to alert residents in case of an out of control wildfire during nighttime hours. Lives could be saved. We should learn from our unfortunate neighbors who have lived these horrors. Winters needs to be proactive and consider the bigger picture of what has become the ‘new abnormal’.

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