California Fires: We’re heartbroken

We’re heartbroken to hear about the fires that are raging in California and much of the West. Our thoughts go out to all who are affected. Learning of acquaintances in the bike industry who lost their homes and workshops… Seeing old-growth redwoods and historic park buildings burn… Seeing the air above entire states filled with smoke… We’re at a loss for words, and we are thinking about what we can do to help.

—Natsuko & Jan

4 Responses to California Fires: We’re heartbroken

  1. Stuart Fogg August 25, 2020 at 12:05 pm #

    Thanks for your concern. We’ve had major fires 3 of the last 4 years. More than a few people have lost their homes and even their lives. Millions have lost wilderness areas and endured weeks of unhealthy smoke. IMHO it’s nobody’s fault because any spark can start a fire. But it’s everybody’s fault that climate change is creating dangerous conditions. Another argument for cycling.

  2. Bern August 25, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

    Having worked in the woods, the marshes, the farms and ranches, and the small towns of the San Mateo and Santa Cruz coast region for many years (and having ridden all over those coastal and mountain roads for decades), I get queasy watching it all from afar (I’m in DC now), but I’ve also seen the robust rebound from fires that these places are capable of.

    But that doesn’t make it any easier…some of my favorite places in the whole world have burned over in the last week.

  3. Mark August 25, 2020 at 7:22 pm #

    My best wishes from Australia, where most of the eastern coast went up in flames late last year & early this year. For a few weeks we needed gas masks in Melbourne, 400-500 km away from the main fires. The central city was almost deserted. I think conditions in California are similar to here, tho with different vegetation, so much so that I believe we regularly exchange fire fighters during our respective fire seasons—which, sadly, are getting longer & longer. I won’t ride in the hills around Melbourne, and certainly not anywhere remote, in summer, it’s too dangerous. Indeed, many people won’t even drive in the near countryside then. Fires, floods, typhoons, droughts, pestilence: if it’s not time for action now, I don’t know when it will be.

  4. marmotte27 August 27, 2020 at 12:16 am #

    I was reminded of Australia and California when we happened to be very close to a forest fire in southern France a few weeks back. The sun shining red through the smoke…
    We were lucky to get away without hardly any inconvenience, but thousands of people had to be evacuated, two campsites burned down. One person died.
    Where I live, in the Vosges in northern France, forest fires are nearly unheard of, but it is so dry now, it’s only a question of time this will happen here as well…