Phi Beta Iota: The explanation that “sane” Californians are offering blames the electric company for having outdated electrical junction boxes that are failing, sparking, and starting fires all over. That explanation does not appear adequate in light of both houses cut in half, a great deal of green brush surviving. The lines of demarkation between what has been attacked and what has survived are too clear. Not normal at all. Alternative explanations include shifting plates and volcanic activity nearing surface and creating hot zones. All we can be certain of is that we are not getting the truth about this.