[daveworld] Re: It's fire season in Cape Town

  • From: "Glenna Hanley" <ghanley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: daveworld@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, daveworld@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 11:15:44 +0000

Perhaps Scott you could accept it as belated concern for your wellbeing during the Oregon wildfires last year which, I believe, was one of the worst on record. Or advanced concern for your safety during the next wild fire season. I don't know how close you live to those areas.

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From: "Scott Ransom" <mr.ransom@xxxxxxxxx>
To: daveworld@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 4/20/2021 7:59:32 PM
Subject: [daveworld] Re: It's fire season in Cape Town

Thank you all very much for your well wishes!

You will be happy to note that I am indeed safe and far from the fires. That's partially because I don't live in South Africa, where those fires are, but instead in Oregon, which according to Google is roughly 10,245 miles away from them. That's not really an exact figure, since my search was "distance from oregon to south africa", which admittedly left out some details like the addresses of the two points, but that's the number that popped up, along with a little graphic showing that that is pretty much "as the crow flies" if crows flew both transatlantically and transhemispherically, and it's good enough for me.

The Scott in South Africa is technically named Steve.



On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 6:04 PM Darius at Dunlaps.net <darius@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Good lord Scott! Stay safe!

We went through the terrible fire seasons the last couple years and it looks like this will be another one. My wife and I get involved in large animal evacuation efforts. The only good news in all this is that last year we bought a new truck and trailer for the job. (Ford F-350 Flatbed Crew Cab, in case anyone’s wondering.)

Even when not directly threatened by the fire itself, the air quality issues can be really horrible. We got a Purple Air monitor and I’m thinking of getting a second one this year for INSIDE the house.

Masks are a help, but the smoke and soot and poisons still get in your eyes.

Keep well, all!

The Lurker,


Darius Christopher Dunlap

Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
+1 (415) 828-2951
On Apr 19, 2021, 11:26 AM -0700, Jeanne Vaughn <jeanne.vaughn@xxxxxxxxx>, wrote:

Scott, glad to hear you and your family are at safe distances from the fire. The damage it's causing is going to be devastating, however. I've been watching the videos.

We get some pretty nasty fires here as well. Mexico City is set in the Valley of Mexico, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. We're #5 on the list of the largest cities in the world, and with our metropolitan area, there's a population of 23 million people (9 million in the city by itself). That's about 20% of the national population.

Further out there's a lot of rural area, and the government doesn't stop the illegal activity of clearing farm land by burning it, so there are always a lot of wildfires and bad air right before spring planting. We never used to have temperatures higher than 26-27º (78-79), but now we're getting up in the 30ºs along with a lot more humidity. I'm worried about what the higher temperatures are going to do to the wildfires.

BTW, I'm reading one of the best books I've ever read in my life on climate stuff right now. Kim Stanely Robinson, a sci-fi writer, or cli-fi as they're now saying, wrote an incredible novel last year, The Ministry for the Future. I highly recommend it. The Rolling Stone had a great interview with the author last December: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/the-ministry-for-the-future-interview-kim-stanley-robinson-1101738/

Keep safe,


On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 10:58 AM Steve Crane <steve.crane@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
We are safe, about 45km away from where the fire is. We're also in the middle of suburbs several kilometres from any natural vegetation. Rory and Jessica live in the city near the mountain but round the other side from where this fire is, and I think far enough from the edge of vegetation to be okay if there's fire on that side.

Steve Crane

On Mon, 19 Apr 2021 at 17:17, Marya F <maryaf@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Oh no. And ugh and so sorry. Stay safe. That photo is harrowing!! - Marya

On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 1:40 AM Steve Crane <steve.crane@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Bad fire started yesterday, even came down the mountain into the university; their library has been destroyed.


Steve Crane

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