At the Mercy of the Elements

So here it is again: evacuation in the face of wind-driven wildfires.

Second time in two years.

Climate change is real, y’all. More severe winds, higher temperatures leading to lower humidity: boom. Fire.

It disturbs me how little the subject comes up as the whole community freaks out over the fires.

This is not a random event. Once? Maybe. It happened in 1964, and again in 2017.

But two years later. Again?

After continuously record-breaking temperatures, month after month, year after year, this is not a random event. It’s an inevitable event.

I’m sitting at friends’ house, glad to have a place to retreat to. We even still have power, which most of the region does not.

When you start to experience how fragile the bubble of what we take for granted really is, you realize how quickly so-called “civilization” could crumble, given proper circumstances.

I would much prefer to be at home tonight, but home is off-limits and I don’t know when it will again be available.

Still, life goes on. If we lose our home, it’s still just stuff.

But it’s hard to get my mind around the fact that this is not strange.

It is the new normal.

5 thoughts on “At the Mercy of the Elements

  1. Gretchen Williams

    Mark, I’m glad you and your family have a peaceful private place to stay right now. We’re at home. The wind seems to die down and then come back to life. We have power, water, internet, anxiety, clean kitty litter, half baked plans, friends in touch, and plenty to think about.


  2. ferrex

    Hi Mark, Glad to know you guys are evacuated and safe. Just got your book – looking forward to delving in! ave Fortuna——Colette  Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


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