Ah fuckity fuck. Someone has pointed out that, yeah, we’re getting a snow storm on Sunday that should really help with the East Troublesome Fire, however the evacuees never got a chance to winterize their homes before having to flee. Thousands of homes are without power, will have been for at least a couple days, and still have water in their pipes. Those pipes could easily burst, causing major damage to houses that survived the actual fire.
This shouldn’t be a problem, given that fire season is SUPPOSED to end well before hard freezes. But. Well. Climate change.
I don’t even know what they could do to solve this. Emergency deploy every plumber in the county with permission to break into people’s houses and blow out the pipes? The fire is still burning in the area, after all. It really isn’t safe to go into a lot of areas, and won’t be until after the storm.
Look. I get it. You wanted to preserve the pretty trees (because obviously they are rare and there aren’t any other trees on the property), but this has so little thought attached to it it just baffles me. Lodge pole pines do not have an incredibly long life (especially because of invasive species such as pine beetles), so what are you going to do when those two trees die? Because when they fall they’re taking the whole deck with them. And I can’t imagine how a tree cutting company would take them down given they couldn’t get much of their equipment close enough, plus there’s really no way to cut it without it falling on the deck and–again–destroying the thing. Hell, the trees don’t even have room to move. A stiff breeze is gonna start popping boards.