Wildfires in California, November 2018
12 Nov 2018
Deadly wildfires are burning in both Northern and Southern California. In Butte County, the fast-moving Camp fire burned over 151,000 acres and destroyed over 12,900 structures, most of them homes. Almost the entire town of Paradise was quickly overcome and destroyed. Seventy-nine fatalities have been discovered so far, and hundreds of people are still unaccounted for. The fire is 100% contained. Heavy rain is now forecast, which could cause flash flooding and rivers of debris to hit the burned areas.
In the southern part of the state, the Woolsey fire, north of Los Angeles, scorched over 96,000 acres and destroyed more than 500 structures. Three fatalities have been reported. The fire is 100% contained.
When the fires began the state was experiencing Santa Ana winds, which are strong, warm and dry. These winds, coupled with a long-term drought and climate changes, such as earlier springs and unusually high temperatures, made a perfect storm of conditions for fire.
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