This is one of those posts that may not be very popular, but the truth isn’t always handy. While I am sympathetic towards the loss of life and also the loss of property from the wildfires, there is another side to consider.
California is a beautiful state with a wide variety of natural wonders but it comes at a price. Johnny Carson said it well when he said that California is the only state that has earthquakes to start mudslides to put out it’s brush fires. I understand that this time was reportedly started by sparks from power lines needing to be better maintained. However, the potential is always there whether it is from a campfire, or even lightning. Forests have been catching fire since the beginning of time, burning out and regrowing.
Same goes for having a house near the ocean. It is a matter of time until a hurricane comes ashore and wipes out everything in its path. Or, going back to California, the cliffs erode and homes fall into the ocean.
It’s not really a disaster so much as nature taking its course. We choose what we want to build and where we want to build it, nature decides if it stays.
Our house for example is in the woods. We love it back here, surrounded by trees. Winter is coming on though and our power line runs down our long driveway. We can expect ice storms to drop trees on our power line and because of where we are, we can also expect longer outages than most. Years ago we were without power for two and a half weeks. And, with trees across the driveway we can’t get out until the trees are cut. There is also the potential that a large tree could fall on our home due to the ice in winter or a hurricane, or tornado in the summer. There is always the chance that we will be in the house when it happens. We chose this land and we chose to leave the trees when we cleared out to put our home here. Choices come with consequences that we have to be willing to accept.
I’m not dismissing the heartbreak of loss of life and the inconvenience of loss of property, however when these things happen they are a natural act of the earth in motion. Nature has cycles and we are subject to the results of those cycles. We can be only be thankful for the time the Creator has given us to live on this fascinating planet, wherever we choose to live. – Coov