Saturday, May 26, 2012
Beware…the Poodle-dog Bush September 22nd, 2009 | Author: Larry Purple-flowered poodle-dog bush, growing in burn areas, is hazard to humans. Poodle-dog bush flowers (danger!!!) A pretty purple-flowered bush blooming on the hills of the burned areas is a danger to people, according to the Department of Forestry. As a result of Southern California’s recent fires, hikers need to be aware of poodle-dog bush growing along the trails. The flower, commonly known as poodle-dog bush, is an irritant akin to poison oak, said forester Eric Oldar. “In the Spring, the floral stalk is brilliant and it’s very attractive, especially along hiking trails or roads where people make a stop,” Oldar said. “They’ll go out and actually pick it and take it home as a flower arrangement, not knowing that contact, for the vast majority of the public, will cause a poison oak reaction. Later in the season, the flowers drop and the shrub will continue to exist, but it has no particular characteristic that would cause the public to come in contact with it.” Poodle-dog bush is frequently prevalent along trails after a fire. Symptoms range from itching to a rash or blisters lasting as long as two weeks. George Ewan with the Orange County Fire Authority said the pain is reminiscent to coming in contact with stinging nettles. “It’s like that except it doesn’t wear off,” Ewan said. “It goes for quite a while.“ Oldar said the bush is typically dormant, but is prevalent after a major disturbance like fire or something that takes the area back to the barren ground,” Oldar said. “It will blossom, grow, and eventually be replaced by other dominant vegetation until another disturbance occurs.” The prevalence period could last as long as a decade, which is one of the reasons his department is trying to get the word out about the bush. Another reason is because of the attractiveness of the flower. Oldar said people should go to their doctor if they start to itch. An over-the-counter remedy is calamine lotion or anything that has a cortisone derivative. Ewan said avoidance is the best remedy. “If you’re going to go out into the foothills or into the burn area, be careful,” he said. “There’s a cute little flower out there that’s purple and if you touch it, it’s going to get you.” A great article about a Poodle-Dog bush encounter. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/08/DDMR18JTLK.DTL Related Posts: Poison-oak: getting to know your enemy share my blog
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wildfire Near Julian: Evacuations and Strike Teams on Order WHISPERING PINES - A fast-moving wildfire blackened scores of open acres east of Julian Thursday, prompting evacuations of back-country homes potentially in the path of the blaze. Reports of at least a thousand acres plus at this hour. Fire area near Banner Rd, Highway 78 and Highway S-2 in San Diego County, this is near the Anza Borrego Desert. The blaze near Banner Grade in the Whispering Pines area of eastern San Diego County began spreading about 2:15 p.m., according to Cal Fire. Authorities evacuated roughly 100 residences in nearby Shelter Valley as crews fought the flames on the ground and aboard air tankers and water- dropping helicopters, said Nick Schuler, a battalion chief with the state agency. A large order ahs been placed for stike teams for structure protection.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
...NEAR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHLAND THROUGH WEDNESDAY... DISCUSSION... A NORTHWEST FLOW PATTERN WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND STRENGTHEN TODAY ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. A DRY FRONTAL BOUNDARY MOVING OVER THE AREA THIS MORNING WILL TIGHTEN THE NORTHERLY PRESSURE GRADIENT ACROSS THE AREA AS THE DAY PROGRESSES. NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN THROUGH AND BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS OF SOUTHERN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY AND THROUGH THE INTERSTATE 5 CORRIDOR TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY...WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS EXPECTED BETWEEN TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT. WIDESPREAD WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS THE AREAS. IN ADDITION...A PROLONGED PERIOD OF GUSTY WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS THE ANTELOPE VALLEY...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE WESTERN PORTION. NEAR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOWERING HUMIDITIES TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED LOCATIONS. Strong winds over turned a semi truck this morning at Highway 138 and Gorman Post RD, LACOFD 77 district. Strong winds are hammering Neenach and Fairmont at this hour. Critical fire weather is a concern on the high desert. Winds are currently at gale force strength with blowing dust. Other wise skies are clear. Driving high profile vehicles not advised.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A fast moving wildfire threatened homes and destroyed property today in Acton, CA along Bootlegger RD and Soledad Canyon RD. Numerous people had to be evacuated from the area as the fire threatened rural homes. About 50 acres were charred in the blaze. Warm, dry weather is expected to continue tomorrow.