In places of "weather", things shut down when it gets too cold. Here in the coastal desert, it's just the opposite.
Now for my conspiracy theory.
Watching the news this morning (the local Fox affiliate--since shutting off the cable, it's one of the clearest channels I get over the air), one of the anchors slipped in the speculation that the fires may have been caused, in part, by illegal aliens. It was the only time I heard the assertion, and I haven't heard much else in the way of suspected causes.
It makes me wonder, though, about those who are always so quick to blame wildfires here on illegal aliens crossing from Mexico. It speaks of an incredible disregard for the human beings risking their lives for the chance at a better one. Certainly we know that these "Minutemen" types already despise immigrants, but do they really think that those crossing already inhospitable terrain would make things even more dangerous and even fatal?
I was reminded of the wildfires in Greece and of an online friend explaining that the conflagrations had very likely been intentionally set by politically radical movements. I couldn't help but wonder how easy it would be for the politically unscrupulous here, in the land-of-the-free-home-of-the-brave, to do something similar. Sure, there are some bad dudes that come up illegally, but that doesn't make them all "predator aliens" (no, not some sci-fi hybrid)--but to what lengths would immigration 'reformers' go in order to get their way?