What will be the quality of life in Bakersfield over the next five years? And what will happen to the quality of life of the people who live here 20 years from now? In the course of your life, there are events that cast doubt on your life choices. But it was the weeks of smoke, ashes, and repressive heat that dramatically changed many people’s perceptions of moving to the southern Central Valley, where people became ill and life here was intolerable. Nothing was more dramatic than it was. Insulting a toxic smoke injury is the normal “rat-like trapped” mammal’s instinct to get out of a smoke-filled area.
To make matters worse, there is a disruption of the collective mental health of many individuals who are forced to stay. Consider Disney’s classic “Bambi” wildfire scene with the addition of wire mesh fences that block all exit routes. Given the reality that megadroughts can last for decades with months of non-breathable smoke, ash, and heat, we believe that some of us may live in places where we can’t live for months each year. Some have started.
For many who have lived in Bakersfield for some time, our seasonal changes are serious. The rain, fog and cold of the winter Pacific storms seem to have been overlooked. It was replaced by these endless winter high-pressure cells from inside Canada, leaving Bakersfield to collect all the dirty air from the Bay Area and all its points south of it.
Surrounded by high mountains on three sides, Bakersfield’s unique location at the bottom of the ancient inland sea is a natural “smog trap” even under ideal conditions, given the prevailing winds that blow north and south. In addition to the suspicious air quality of “normal” Bakersfield days, the number of bark beetles infested and filled with smoke from the endless stream of mysteriously named fire from a drought-dead forest. There is a month’s haze.
And there is the drought itself, which is very likely to last for years, water becomes too precious and eliminates most of the agricultural economy and is turned into an expensive “sell to top bidder” item. ..
Perhaps these are just another “falling sky” guard’s rambling, disjointed statement. It may start to rain gently from now until March. Wildflowers are returning to our mountains, not wildfires. Lakes and streams return to their former pre-drought glory. But it’s also easy to see the ancient Pueblo people who have the same water illusion in 1150 in southwestern Utah before they were forced to relocate to where the river was still flowing. No one can predict the future. But here in Bakersfield, there seems to be no plans for long-term droughts and months of smoky air.
Maybe now is a good time to prepare for this apocalyptic hell landscape, which this place has shown that it can be, not later. Bakersfield faces unprecedented challenges. Twenty years later, at least all year round, it’s hard to predict if anyone can live here.
Noel Pineo has lived in Kern County for over 30 years.He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at BakersfieldBicyclee2020@gmail.com..
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