Siege Fatigue

Is it safe yet?

Wallbridge Fire sunset, Aug 21, 2020
Walbridge Fire sunset, Aug 21, 2020 (courtesy the author)
  • Check the National Weather Service website to see if today will be above or below 100°F.
  • Check the California Independent System Operator website to see if rolling blackouts are in today’s forecast due to demand overload.
  • Check the National Weather Service website again to see if a Red Flag Warning has been issued and high winds are expected soon.
  • Check the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff website to see if there’s a planned power outage for today.
  • Check the National Weather Service website once more to see if thunderstorms are in the forecast and which direction the wind is blowing.
  • Check the CalFire website to see how close the nearest Lightning Complex wildfire has gotten and whether or not we’ll need to evacuate soon.
  • Check the Bay Area Air Quality Management District website to see if it’s safe to open our windows with all the falling ash and lingering smoke.
  • Check the 511 website for road closures due to wildfire evacuation orders, to see what detours to take to get where we’re going.
Edvard Munch, 1893, The Scream (public domain)

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Joseph Honton

Living out the remaining days of my life on the only habitable planet I’ll ever know.