The only risk in Sacramento, this time, is bad air, but a decade ago, my family had a closer encounter with wildfire -- the Witch Fire that charred a large swath of San Diego County in 2007.
As the Witch Fire burned not very far from that house, I had checked its progress before bedtime.
These include the Witch Fire
in Southern California in 2007, fires in Southern California in 2008, the Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009, the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado in 2012, and the Valley Fire in Central California last year.
Combining cumbersome exposition with uneven pacing, Witch Fire
provides readers of the previous volume an opportunity to re-engage with Glory and Lucas, but otherwise offers little to entice new readers.
State investigators say the Witch fire was caused by sparks from colliding overhead conductors.
"The PUC and Cal Fire, (The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) have both determined that SDG&E caused two of the major fires of 2007, the Witch Fire and the Rice Fire," write Hendricks' lawyers in her filing.
"Pretty thick in here," says Sears, as he steers us into layers of gray smoke hovering over Rancho Bernardo and Poway, upscale communities of sprawling estates 22 miles northeast of San Diego and at the heart of the Witch Fire
, which has burned more than 145,000 acres and demolished hundreds of homes.
Wildfires--Costliest Events By Insured Property Loss ($ Thousands) Rank Name/ Location In 2009 $ State Year 1 Oakland Hills $3,006,703 CA 1991 2 "Witch Fire
" 1,407,195 CA 2007 3 "Cedar Fire" 1,354,124 CA 2003 4 "Old Fire" 1,245,538 CA 2003 5 Malibu-Topanga 615,505 CA 1993 6 Laguna Canyon 574,472 CA 1993 7 Santa Barbara 478,894 CA 1990 8 Cerro Grande 192,445 NM 2000 9 Rodeo/Chediski 156,955 AZ 2002 10 Oakland--Berkeley Hills 153,864 CA 1970 Sources: Insurance Services Office's Property Claim Services Unit (ISO/PCS); A.M.