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FINate

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Re: Retire in Sonoma or Marin County (California) ??
« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2021, 01:00:32 PM »
To get a sense of how much has burned and where, check out this cool feature on Caltopo...  there is a data layer on the right side that represents lands burned by fires.  Or try this link.

https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=38.8064,-122.64871&z=9&b=mbt&a=fire

For whatever reason that map doesn't seem to show burn boundaries of the 2020 fires. From what I can tell, the one below currently shows just the 2020 fire scars. Mind boggling.

https://fire.ca.gov/imapdata/index.html

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Re: Retire in Sonoma or Marin County (California) ??
« Reply #51 on: April 20, 2021, 02:30:10 PM »
Fire behavior in CA has become more extreme due to a combination of factors, many of which are not likely to change. The house I grew up in was one of the many burned in the Tubbs fire and every single successive season has included friends or family being evacuated due to fires in the area. That is just in Sonoma County. Similar stories in many other parts of the state. Choose your housing wisely, make sure the construction is as fire safe as can be reasonably accomplished, and make sure your neighborhood has reasonable ingress/egress. But, there are lots of perks to living in the area.

What was missing for me in the OP's post was what the elements of what they want to move to are instead of what they are looking to escape from. Do they want lots of restaurants and wine? Coastlines important? Access to trails or international airports? Being far from it all and rural with a small town center with at least some sort of social hub? For the dollar, Oregon has a lot to offer.

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Re: Retire in Sonoma or Marin County (California) ??
« Reply #52 on: April 20, 2021, 04:54:37 PM »
To get a sense of how much has burned and where, check out this cool feature on Caltopo...  there is a data layer on the right side that represents lands burned by fires.  Or try this link.

https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=38.8064,-122.64871&z=9&b=mbt&a=fire

For whatever reason that map doesn't seem to show burn boundaries of the 2020 fires. From what I can tell, the one below currently shows just the 2020 fire scars. Mind boggling.

https://fire.ca.gov/imapdata/index.html

A couple weeks ago I went mountain biking at Trione-Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa and thought about this thread. At one point we were on the southeastern border of the park on Schultz Rd and an eerie scene opened up. A beautiful, underdeveloped valley with rolling green grass, scattered concrete foundations, and random metal fencing that seemed to lack purpose. All the sudden it occurred to me that there was a huge fire here a few years back. You can see it in street view on Google Maps (https://goo.gl/maps/NGw2x6MKQyU4wK8m6). Craziest of all, brand new houses with freshly-cut wood fences are already popping up in the same places as before on that street.

Beautiful area, but you could not pay me to live there.