Rooting for the Bad / by Brett Holman

It's so much more fun to root for "bad" weather as opposed to wanting that sunny day so desperately bad. We've finally had a couple hours of rain in Northern California after 52 days without measurable precipitation. Water in California and more specifically Butte County has always been precious due to Lake Oroville being the official start of the State Water Project. Large urban areas mixed with vast farmlands requires a lot of "blue gold"  and lack of rainfall often means increased wildfire risk. It's an environmental cycle that often instills fear in the Californians that live where the water flows and the trees grow. At the moment I'm enjoying the "bad" weather and hoping for more of it. 

Bob Brack surveys the land for fires from the Sawmill Peak lookout tower in Paradise, California. (Brett Holman 2006 archives)

Bob Brack surveys the land for fires from the Sawmill Peak lookout tower in Paradise, California. (Brett Holman 2006 archives)