The scenes from the Paradise fire were scary and the aftermath is heart breaking. So many people still unaccounted for,thank you to the fire-fighters and all the front line workers. Here up the coast in western Canada we also have had a big increase in forest fires,every year now like clockwork.The last 5 years or so have produced summer drought- like conditions in the hottest time of the year and once you get away from the ocean it can get very hot.The days are long here in the summer. A lot of fires are caused by humans but ironically when a little rain comes to quash the fire its hot so you get lightning strikes which cause more fires. Here we are having the same discussions,more controlled burns,cleaning the floor of dead trees from the pine beetle and fuel, looking for any kind of edge. Theres a lot of trees in the west here and logging and forest management is a big part of it. In the natural cycle of forests, fire plays an important role in regenerating life. But more and more of the planets population is spreading out to live in more remote areas.And as we civilize we take down trees,basically shade which we need but what dangerously burns in a fire.The more trees you lose,the hotter it gets there next year and adds to the big picture. In a strange bitter twist smoky skies help to cool but take away sunlight for agriculture in our shorter growing season.So, theres no doubt the earth is in a warming phase and whether we are causing it or helping it along is the great debate. Above my pay grade. The Sahara was once green and Alaska was once the tropics,things can change. I personally defer to our scientists as to how we can try to control the present.In the meantime,how do we deal with the ensuing destruction? Maybe So Cal once had great forests like the the Pacific Northwest. And at this rate,maybe B.C. will look like So Cal in the future.