The latest word out of Madison’s contacts close to the Softwood Lumber negotiations Tuesday is that — in advance of the next looming ‘gap period’ this time on the anti-dumping duty — there will be some kind of announcement out of US Commerce dept regarding:
However, more than the duty the immediate disruption coming fast for Canadian and US softwood lumber producers is the supply shortage of merchantable logs following the epic and disastrous wildfires across northwest North America this summer.
Approximately 100,000 people in California have been evacuated from wildfire zones, and some 7,000 houses and buildings have been destroyed, said the New York Times.
NORTH AMERICA WILDFIRE DAMAGE UPDATE: OCTOBER 2017
Approximately 100,000 people in California have been evacuated from wildfire zones, and some 7,000 houses and buildings have been destroyed, said the NY Times.
In the five-year period ending in 2014, California added 544,000 households, but only 467,000 housing units, according to the McKinsey Global Institute, and the deficit is only expected to grow over the next decade. Napa and Sonoma Counties, where the fires did some of the most extensive damage, are among the furthest behind, building less than half the number of units in recent years that the state reckons were needed to keep up with the population.
California Wildfires Still Burning
Though progress has been made on the big fires, much more work is ahead.
The 48,000-plus acre Atlas fire in Napa and Solano counties was 45 per cent contained October 13 — up from 3 per cent the day earlier, said CNN. The 44,000-acre Nuns fire in Sonoma County — an amalgamation of three recently merged fires north and west of Glen Ellen — was 5 per cent contained.
The 34,000-acre Tubbs fire in Napa and Sonoma counties was 44 per cent under control. The 34,000-acre Redwood and Potter fires in Mendocino County were 10 per cent contained. Details on that:
- More than 2,800 residences in Santa Rosa were destroyed by wildfires, Mayor Chris Coursey said October 12. The number of destroyed structures in the state went up the next day by 2,200 to 5,700, Cal Fire said.
Wildfires have burned more than 221,000 acres throughout California; 17 wildfires remained Friday, Cal Fire said.
About 34,000 utility customers were without electricity service — and natural gas service to 47,000 customers has been shut off — mostly in Sonoma and Napa counties, the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said that Friday.
A total of 235 people were reported missing in Sonoma County alone, where a fire wiped out many homes in Santa Rosa, a city of about 175,000 people some 50 miles northwest of San Francisco.
POWER LINE COLLAPSE
- Recent reports have cited PG&E’s power lines as a possible cause of some of the current wildfires in the state’s wine country.
- PG&E responded Wednesday by saying it won’t speculate on the causes of the fires but “will cooperate with the reviews by any relevant regulator or agency.”
FOLKS RETURNING HOME
REBUILDING BUT SLOWLY
LOSSES CALCULATED SO FAR
The Sacramento Bee projects that fires destroyed roughly 6,700 homes and businesses in Santa Rosa alone. The US Census estimated in 2016 that Santa Rosa had a population of 175,155 people. In 2010 the city’s housing stock measured at only 67,396 units. More recent census surveys haven’t updated this figure.