The Worst Is Yet to Come for California’s Wildfires

These Wind Patterns Explain Why California’s Wildfires Are So Bad


In California three major fires—the Camp Fire in the north and Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire in the south—continue to rage on a scale the state has never seen before. The Camp Fire in particular is only 25 percent contained, yet it is already the most destructive fire in California history: It has virtually obliterated the 27,000-person town of Paradise, destroying some 6,500 structures and killing at least 23. (Two people were found dead in the Woolsey Fire, but authorities haven’t yet confirmed that the fire itself was the cause of death.)

The driving force has been extreme wind—gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, perhaps even 70 in the hills of Southern California—blowing through the state. Wind further desiccates already dry vegetation and pushes the fires along…


The Worst Is Yet to Come for California’s Wildfires

At least 25 people have been killed by wildfires raging across California, as the state battles with its deadliest fire season in decades.

Firefighters are warring with blazes on both sides of the state. In the north, the so-called Camp Fire has become the largest and most destructive fire in state history, killing at least 23 people and consuming 109,000 acres. In its trail of ash stand the smoldering ruins of Paradise, California, a city of 26,000 people until this week….

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