The_Achiever wrote:Been thinking long and hard about a move to LA. Always wanted to live there, have my shot coming up but there's a problem.
Fire. Seems like this is going to be a regular occurrence. If your dream is to move to California would you abandon it at this point? Not sure how much longer the state will be livable.
It's a big state with 40 million people. I'm not downplaying the seriousness of the fires, but 99.99999% of people will live their whole lives without experiencing a serious wildfire.
Obviously, it depends on where you live. The places that are vulnerable are what they call "Wildland-Urban Interface Zones," which basically means they built a suburb right on the edge of the woods and brushlands.
Now, there are a lot of those areas. They are constantly building new horsefeathers out here, the edge of every undeveloped area looks like a scene straight out of Sudden Valley by the Bluth Company. I wouldn't live in one of those unless you researched the horsefeathers out of the evacuation plans and such. Anywhere else? Maybe keep some air filtering masks on hand in your emergency kit, but that's about it. But there's even more places to live that aren't those areas and you probably don't need to worry about a wildfire sweeping through your neighborhood at any moment.
So if you wanna move to LA, move to LA. I live in the middle of Orange County, and I saw some pretty good smoke when there was a wildfire about 5 miles from me last year. Some people we know had to evacuate, and about 80 structures were damaged or destroyed. But the fire was entirely contained in one of those interface areas I'm talking about. It wasn't going to travel through five miles of suburban concrete. Similarly, downtown LA isn't burning down anytime soon. If you wanna move to one of the outlying areas and commute, then I'd look long and hard at exactly where you are living and what the fire risk is.
The horrible thing about what happened to Paradise is that they *knew* they were at incredible risk. They had a pretty good scare a little over a decade ago, and they were warned that they needed to build better evacuation routes and have real plans in place. The local government decided that was too expensive and came up with a plan based around evacuating the town one "zone" at a time instead of all at once. Then the fire came all at once, which they knew was a possibility.