Manzanita, one of the first trees to grow back after wild fires. It has striking red colored wood which, with its shape makes it look like fire. It’s bark can be used medicinally for nausea and other stomach problems, such as ulcers.
Fire ‘n Fury: Saluting the Heroes & First Responders of the SoCal Wildfires. . . Honored to have been assigned this story profiling just a few of the heroes—both firefighters and first responders—who worked tirelessly to protect Southern Californians from the recent raging fires that consumed our region. The Thomas Fire, that I watched outside my window for over two weeks (see my earlier Insta photos), was the worst fire in California history. Below is an excerpt from my article just published in the March/April issue of @socallifemag. For the full story click on link in profile.) . . Eric Mukes: Fire Captain, Ventura City Fire Department .’ . At five years of age, Eric Mukes knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: The Lone Ranger. After all, the guy rode around on a horse, wore a cool mask and fought outlaws. What little boy wouldn’t want to be him? . . Thirty-seven years later, Captain Eric Mukes rides around on a fire engine, wears a mask and fights fires. But he would be the first to tell you he’s no Lone Ranger. He and his team of firefighters at the Ventura City Fire Department, Station #5, work as a single lifesaving unit, tackling anything that Southern California’s natural disasters—and other life threatening situations—throw at them. Never was this more true than during the recent SoCal fires, which combined, devastated approximately 369,522 acres, destroyed over a thousand structures and paved the way for the next disaster—the Montecito mudslides. ... . . Read the full story on my travel blog. Link in profile. . . . . #writersofinstagram#featurestory#travelmagazine#southerncalifornia#californiafires#heroes#heroesofinstagram#firefighter#thomasfire#lilacfire#sandiegocounty#sanluisreydowns#socalfires#californiafires2017#mudslides#santabarbaramudslides#fightingfires#traveler#traveller#journalist#featureswriter#losangeles#honorourheroes#searchandrescue#firstresponders @santabarbaramag @latimes
Bring out your umbrella! A low pressure system from the northwest delivered heavy rain ☔️ overnight across SoCal communities and will continue off and on throughout much of the day! _____________________ Visit CBSLA.com for the latest weather in your area, or tune into CBSLA2 and KCAL9 news! _____________________ Thank you to CBSLA viewer @tommylundberg for sharing this rainy day photo from #downtownla!
A powerful winter storm is expected to bring heavy rain and the potential for flash flooding and mudflows throughout Southern California starting Thursday evening. Snow is expected for communities in the mountains. Neighbourhoods affected by the La Tuna and Creek Fire are especially vulnerable to flooding, and has residents preparing with sandbags and ready to evacuate. L.A. & Orange Counties should see half an inch to three quarters of an inch of rain on Friday, while the Valleys, communities on the beaches and in the Inland Empire are predicted to see up to an inch and a half of rain. Thank you to @chad.latorre for the 📸 _____________________ Go to CBSLA.com for the latest weather or download the CBSLA weather app! _____________________ #winterstorm#storm#stormclouds#stormy#stormywrather#socalstorm#southerncal
SoCal has slipped back into severe drought conditions again. A meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration politely pointed out how "You don’t recover from five years of record drought with one wet season....” With hot and dry conditions enabling the largest wildfire in state history to rip through the area, and an increased fire risk persisting through what's supposed to be the wettest part of the year. To date, the Los Angeles basin has received less than 20% of the water that's normally expected by this time of year. The total amount of snowpack is only 27% of normal, which is concerning considering the state gets most of its water between December and February. Drought conditions have been worsening recently. Just in the last week of January, only 13% of the state had moderate drought conditions. The first week of February was only 44%. Here at wildcats garden we are doing our part with a drip irrigation system, native plant garden, succulent garden and an butterfly urban habitat. We can all together make a difference. We have to.
DownTown Ventura Thomas Fire Benefit Cut-A-Thon. Show your Ventura love with a @westendjamie designed Ventura or 805 tattoo! Jamie Thompson is designing and tattooing for the cause #givealittlegetalittle
We are committed to Downtown Ventura and coming out of these past months stronger than ever! This is our first step Come on out for a beautiful Sunday and enjoy Downtown Ventura! Please share, repost, talk about, like and spread the word! And if you are interested in participating, let us know