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Contents Page: October, 2010, vol 6 no 3

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Adelaide B. Shaw

California Burning

Heavy rain early in the season, which produced thick growth, followed by an early and extra hot dry season, has created perfect conditions for FIRE.  Hill after hill, community after community. FIRE. Smoke and ashes blow across the Los Angeles basin.  Four, five  days. FIRE.  Its reach is capricious, teasing.  Entire neighborhoods gone, but for one house.  Maybe two.  A circle of safety in an inferno.  The blue sky becomes dull like a smudged window. Flames licking through the homes of rich and poor, moving westward through the valley, down a canyon to the Pacific.

fire dust –
at sunset sea and clouds
set aflame

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