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(LA Times)   How dry is California? Part of I-15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas burned down yesterday   (latimes.com) divider line 160
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2014-05-06 10:38:51 AM  
Really? The desert is dry? I never would have guessed! Thanks submitter!

/The more you know
 
2014-05-06 10:46:41 AM  
img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-05-06 10:53:54 AM  
Damn al gore is right.  where can i buy carbon credits?  i'll get this one, guys
 
2014-05-06 10:54:33 AM  
www.actiontoys.com
Is on the job
 
2014-05-06 10:55:41 AM  
WTF?  I just re-installed Firefox yesterday and this site tells me to update to a "modern browser" when I try to read the article?
 
2014-05-06 10:58:22 AM  
I thought all the rain last winter had them caught up
 
2014-05-06 11:01:49 AM  
Farking Legion, they are sneaky bastards, burning down a bridge along the long 15.


/War. War never changes.
 
2014-05-06 11:03:02 AM  

gfid: WTF?  I just re-installed Firefox yesterday and this site tells me to update to a "modern browser" when I try to read the article?


My spambox in Hotmail repeatedly tells me that... ironic an email set up for signing up for crap and catching spam, is spamming me with even more junk.

As for the article: I will wait patiently for the followup article where one or more people get hit by one or more vehicles while crossing the road since there is no longer an overpass... and you know it will not be replaced anytime soon due to miles of red tape.
 
2014-05-06 11:04:10 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-05-06 11:04:42 AM  
I always take the 126/5/14 to Pearblossom Hwy.  Although, I come from Ventura so my argument is invalid
 
2014-05-06 11:07:05 AM  
spman:

Really? The desert is dry? I never would have guessed! Thanks submitter!

/The more you know



Hmmm, I'm not a big fan of the fark expression, "done in one", but really that's it.
 
2014-05-06 11:07:59 AM  
It was an inside job. No way an open fire could melt the steel used in the bridge.
 
2014-05-06 11:09:17 AM  

spman: Really? The desert is dry? I never would have guessed! Thanks submitter!

/The more you know


i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-06 11:11:43 AM  
I guess there will be a lot of California threads this fire season.
 
2014-05-06 11:12:49 AM  
Some of those people were trapped out there for a long time.

Always bring at least a case of beer gallon of water with you on long trips through the desert.
 
2014-05-06 11:12:54 AM  
Send in Howie Long...

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-06 11:13:14 AM  
It was a bridge that was being built. Started by a construction worker using a blowtorch. I watched this yesterday on the evening news. Firecrew had trouble getting water to the site, as the nearest hydrant wasn't that close. They had to bring in special trucks that held more water.
 
2014-05-06 11:15:06 AM  
I hope the cult of doom was unscathed by the fire.
 
2014-05-06 11:15:50 AM  
CSB: I am a bridge engineer, and my firm designed this one.  I wouldn't want to be the Contractor right now though. . .
 
2014-05-06 11:18:26 AM  
This is a perfect example of why Southern California needs more freeways.
 
2014-05-06 11:19:13 AM  
Was there a heavily modified Delorean seen in the area? Just askin'.
 
2014-05-06 11:20:07 AM  

cousin-merle: CSB: I am a bridge engineer, and my firm designed this one.


Design the next one to be fire-resistant, yo...
 
2014-05-06 11:20:55 AM  

Jekylman: This is a perfect example of why Southern California needs more freeways.


If all responsible Californians were armed with freeways, this wouldn't have happened.
 
2014-05-06 11:21:46 AM  
Honestly, who builds a bridge out of wood these days?
 
2014-05-06 11:22:12 AM  
If we had just given Al Gore more money, this wouldn't have happened.
 
2014-05-06 11:23:01 AM  
My dad always said "fight fire with fire". That's probably why he's just been sacked from the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
 
2014-05-06 11:23:23 AM  
Could you narrow it down a bit from "300 miles of road" for me subby? kthxby
 
2014-05-06 11:24:24 AM  
It was probably the deathclaws
 
2014-05-06 11:24:52 AM  

Crewmannumber6: I thought all the rain last winter had them caught up


California received very little of the rain that inundated the rest of North America this winter.  The weather in California over the past six months has been almost summer-like.

If the El Nino event they're predicting for next winter comes to pass, it will help a lot, although I really hope the state can move quickly and build lots of new reservoirs before then.
 
2014-05-06 11:26:23 AM  
I'm amazed there are so many vehicles on I-15.

There's nothing out there.
 
2014-05-06 11:29:13 AM  

strangeluck: Jekylman: This is a perfect example of why Southern California needs more freeways.

If all responsible Californians were armed with freeways, this wouldn't have happened.


If you elect me as governor, there will be a freeway in every freeway-safe.
 
2014-05-06 11:29:56 AM  
If only there was a way to get fresh water from the ocean.
 
2014-05-06 11:30:45 AM  

studebaker hoch: I'm amazed there are so many vehicles on I-15.

There's nothing out there.


there's a pretty impressive bridge fire from what I hear.
 
2014-05-06 11:31:51 AM  

cousin-merle: CSB: I am a bridge engineer, and my firm designed this one.  I wouldn't want to be the Contractor right now though. . .


This will make a nice addition to your firm's portfolio. Do you have an enlarged version on the wall behind the front desk?

i57.tinypic.com
 
2014-05-06 11:32:10 AM  
Seems to happen a lot out there.
ic.pics.livejournal.com
 
2014-05-06 11:32:47 AM  
california needs foreplay
 
2014-05-06 11:34:31 AM  
When things get really dry, sparks from trucks passing on the highway ignites the dry grass on the road side. I remember seeing people out on I-64 swatting at flames that were started that way. (1987?) That's my private drought measure. Is it dry enough for roadside grass to burn? Real bad drought. I hadn't really considered that it might get dry enough that parts of the highway itself would burn.  I suppose my advice "Do Something Else" is just "Coals to Newcastle" (so to speak).
 
2014-05-06 11:35:38 AM  

Badafuco: I always take the 126/5/14 to Pearblossom Hwy.  Although, I come from Ventura so my argument is invalid


I'm gonna take the 118 west, to 23 south, all the way to the Tierra Rojado Road exit.

/What'r you doin' hurr?
 
2014-05-06 11:38:28 AM  

cousin-merle: CSB: I am a bridge engineer, and my firm designed this one.  I wouldn't want to be the Contractor right now though. . .


Are you getting a kick out of this thread?

/swing and a miss
 
2014-05-06 11:38:36 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: Could you narrow it down a bit from "300 miles of road" for me subby? kthxby


Between the first and second exit beyond the mountains north of San Bernandino near Hesperia well before Barstow.
 
2014-05-06 11:39:01 AM  

The Repeated Meme: I guess there will be a lot of California threads this fire season.


And Arizona. My 64-year-old mother is on the county emergency response team, and she's having to learn how to direct aircraft on a runway. You know they're expecting a bad season when they're training a retirement-age WIC coordinator to direct firefighters to Runway two-four-niner.

"Mom, did I just hear you say, 'niner?'"
 
2014-05-06 11:40:55 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Send in Howie Long...


Wait, Howie acts/acted?!? He's not very good at commentating either...

/learn something on fark everyday
//usually not something useful
///this is one of those things
 
2014-05-06 11:42:23 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: "Mom, did I just hear you say, 'niner?'"


Well, she was calling from a walkie talkie.
 
2014-05-06 11:43:26 AM  
One of the monsters wants to be a firefighter (yes, he's grown). Serious question: To which state should I send him for quickest firefighting job?

/Mama wants him AND the girlfriend AND the cat out of the house.
//Mama's allergic to cats. And kids.
 
2014-05-06 11:44:18 AM  

nytmare: Honestly, who builds a bridge out of wood these days?


A witch?
 
2014-05-06 11:47:30 AM  
The main problem with California right now, is firefighters clear enough to let people get out. If they focused on keeping people in, it would prove entertaining.
/bastard.
 
2014-05-06 11:47:41 AM  

mama2tnt: One of the monsters wants to be a firefighter (yes, he's grown). Serious question: To which state should I send him for quickest firefighting job?

/Mama wants him AND the girlfriend AND the cat out of the house.
//Mama's allergic to cats. And kids.


Get him a federal forest service job and they'll send him to wherever the big fires are.
 
2014-05-06 11:47:42 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: cousin-merle: CSB: I am a bridge engineer, and my firm designed this one.

Design the next one to be fire-resistant, yo...


It was under construction - which typically means all those wooden scaffolding to hold things up and in place.  As was already said, a worker was using a blowtorch and caught it all on fire.  Have you not seen a bridge get built?  Do they not use the massive scaffolding where you're from?  Doesn't say anything about the engineering, it is a problem for the construction contractor - like he said in the second half of his post.

//am I really white-knighting for a dude?  bah
 
2014-05-06 11:50:16 AM  

GORDON: Damn al gore is right.  where can i buy carbon credits?  i'll get this one, guys


Except the climate models all predict a wetter California...
 
2014-05-06 11:54:10 AM  
Too bad you couldn't just take the train and avoid it.
 
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