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Old 04-01-22, 09:17 AM
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Smoke Season

It looks like it is going to keep getting worse, at least in the West of the US. (Link goes to Ars Technica article).

Fire "season" got off to an alarmingly early start, especially in Colorado and Texas.
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Old 04-01-22, 09:50 AM
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The "Out West" smoke even made it here to IN last summer causing me to wear a mask during my 100 mile a day commute in a non air conditioned beater car. I couldn't deal with the real stuff you guys have out there.
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I saw this. It's already happening must years here.

You can already tell 2022 is going to bea bad fire year based on snow pack and other factors, not to mention the fires that have already burned this winter and early spring. 😳 ☹️
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King Ranch was burning and it got out of control. 70,000+ acres burned so far. My 30 acre farm is less than 10 miles west of the fire. We are under an evacuation "standby" and in the meantime we will light candles at the shrine of Don Pedrito and pray that the grace that has protected the shrine will protect us also ....................this is 2022s 2nd large fire that has happened in the valley
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Dang it, I clicked on this thread thinking it was about brisket or pulled pork. Carry on, sorry for the interruption. .
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Originally Posted by Will G View Post
Dang it, I clicked on this thread thinking it was about brisket or pulled pork. Carry on, sorry for the interruption. .
Agreed. It sort of smells of P&R, unfortunately.

We can fix that. Here is some seasoning for smoking:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Paprika
2 tblsp coarse Salt (sea or kosher)
2 tblsp Black Pepper
1 tblsp Cayenne Pepper
4 tsp Cumin
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Thyme Powder
2 tsp Sage
2 tsp Coriander Powder
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Old 04-09-22, 04:14 PM
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I’ve been hiking in a few places that had floor to canopy dense ladder fuel. Next to wealthy gated communities.

A few years ago I remember on the news. The hills northwest of LA were burning good. Very wealthy neighborhood. I remember thinking it ridiculous to see so many asphalt roofs in such an area.

Me? I’d rather have a paid off Kia and a fireproof roof than a luxury car and asphalt shingles.

Climate change is outside my hula hoop. The roofing material of my dwelling in a fire prone area is inside my hula hoop. ***** accordingly.

Psst. Just a heads up. The Native Americans knew about “cleansing fire” (aka controlled burning).
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Old 04-09-22, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
Agreed. It sort of smells of P&R, unfortunately.
Clearly, there is something wrong with your nose, unfortunately.

We can fix that. Here is some seasoning for smoking:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Paprika
2 tblsp coarse Salt (sea or kosher)
2 tblsp Black Pepper
1 tblsp Cayenne Pepper
4 tsp Cumin
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Thyme Powder
2 tsp Sage
2 tsp Coriander Powder
Not to mention your taste buds.
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Old 04-11-22, 01:29 AM
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it is amazing the things that are only local news in some places. i lived in phx for about a year until i came back to birmingham. and they basically went into snow in north cali, north az, and how it may affect next year. with a certain seriousness that is hard to appreciate if you arent from there
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Old 04-21-22, 12:32 PM
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I thought this was going to be a thread of smoking food lol. There has been several grass and brush fires around here.
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Today in California's elbow we are getting soaked, not smoked. So that gets us off the calendar for a month, if we're lucky. I'll check back in August or October. The Caldor and Dixie fires last year were enormous and sent a lot of smoke out to the interior West, rather than dumping it into the Valley like the fires around Santa Rosa or Santa Cruz. The Dixie fire ran all the way over the mountains until it got to the desert. The Caldor fire burned a lot of the forest southeast of Placerville all the way to South Lake and was stopped by a massive firefighting effort and some relief from the wind. I'm not sure if east-coast people unaccustomed to Western distances realize how big the fires were. The Dixie alone fire burned 1500 square miles, 4000 square miles total in the state for the year.

With the drought being cyclical and the climate change leaving a lot of trees to get killed by the beetles, I don't know how this ends except when all the conifers and ferns are burnt up and replaced with oaks and grass
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Old 05-04-22, 08:24 PM
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From NYT:

https://vp.nyt.com/video/2022/05/04/...id_wg_720p.mp4

This shows the smoke from fires in New Mexico blowing over Texas, Oklahoma, etc, and a major sandstorm coming in from Colorado.
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It’s about a lot more than the detriments of smoke….as climate change and it’s shifting meteorological patterns continues to evaporate more moisture from the ground, drying out the soil, making vegetation more flammable and smaller snowpacks that melt earlier leaving forests dry longer….it’s only going to get worse to come.

There’s also the long-term effects from forest fires, the erosion/debris flows and especially water quality issues which will affect the health of aquatic ecosystems and downstream community water supplies. Thankfully there is good research being done on post-fire regeneration and reconciling a changing climate’s ecological forces with post fire forest management goals, especially in Wa./Or. which has been negativity affected already, especially where streams rather than rain/ground water provide water for the ecosystems and human usages (especially farmers) and where there is a larger chance of forest fires to come. Unfortunately the time in finding new management goals suited for landscaped forests to survive drought stress with warmer winters and longer fire seasons, won’t have any effect for the people in those fire prone areas of this country that have already had a hard loss attributed to these fires and more importantly those in the future who will see their lives impacted in negative financial, property, business and emotional ways as these fires only worsen and become more destructive in a number of ways!
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Old 05-18-22, 09:44 PM
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Fishing the Texas surf below Corpus Christi for decades I have seen changes in ocean currents, water temperatures, beach erosion, and other things. Fish migrations are all out of whack with fish being present at the wrong time of the year. Species showing up that have never been here before. So things are definitely changing in the environment.
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