We lost two homes and two local citizens this past week due to house fires.
There is an ugly fire Southern California right now, the likes of which usually occur in the summer months.
I think we are in for a tough year, water-wise and fire-wise.
We all need to take a measured approach to our water consumption. That is an individual responsibility that collectively makes a huge difference.
Our community needs to support our firefighters in these times. Their work is tough under normal circumstances. As I see it, the fire department will potentially face a very challenging year.
There is a great deal of parkland and open space that is part of Palo Alto which could become a pariah under the wrong circumstances. What happens in residential and commercial spaces is less predictable, and the two incidents this past week may or may not be repeated again.
PA firefighters also help our neighboring communities when needed, as do other fire companies for Palo Alto.
The fire department does a great deal of work pro-actively to deter fires from happening, something that is largely invisible to the public. They have their work cut out for them this year, and it is only January.
I pray for rain and a safe fire season, hope springs eternal. But we need a fully staffed fire department to help make sure the risk is minimized.