Why are California Wildfires So Intense?

This year’s California wildfires are one of the most destructing fires in recent history. The flames captured anything in their path because of the topography and other factors. Year after year, the wildfires in California are becoming more intense. What seems to be the reason behind?

The month of October is hazardous in California as wildfires don’t take much to spread in acres. The first factor is the specific weather pattern that only the state of California has. Before fall, the winds come from the Pacific Ocean, but changes occur late September.

California experiences hot weather conditions were starting from late spring to fall season. However, beginning fall, the weather pattern shifts. Instead from the ocean, the warm winds come from the northeast. Winds coming from that direction are hot as they passed the deserts of Utah and Nevada. Furthermore, they pick up speed because of compression from passing through the mountains and valleys. Aside from those, winds traveling from high to low elevations also result to plummeting humidity and becomes warmer. These winds are dubbed as Diablo winds as they have triggered numerous California wildfires.

Deadly California Wildfires Still Scorching

The fire in the Northern California started late Sunday to early Monday. Investigations are still ongoing, but the experts ruled out lightning that sparked the rampaging wildfire. So, this leaves out that the fire was human-made; either deliberate or accidental.

The brutality of this year’s wildfires stems from the severely parched landscape and the hot winds. The high gusts recorded 50 to 79 mph in speed. These warm breezes and the low humidity of the state further added fuel to the fires. Parts of the country already had months of dry vegetation that were the fastest to burn.

Another factor that made this year’s California wildfire worse than the previous years was the amount of rain from the last winter. The plants, trees, and shrubs grew plentifully after the drought ended. But after that, the vegetation was subjected to five consecutive months of dry weather. There were lots of dead vegetation across the state.

Moreover, the state of California’s topography and climate is unique from other states. The warm months of the state constituted to the driest months where there’s very little rain. Even more, no rainfall or precipitation started in June.

As of today, about 23 people are confirmed to be the casualties of the ongoing wildfire. Furthermore, more than 2000 structures were destroyed, and most were burned to ashes. More than 120 000 acres were razed. Various counties already declared a state of emergency.

The California wildfires may take weeks to contain fully. The weather forecasts all say that there’s no rain for the next seven days.