California's Wildfires Are the Deadly Flip Side of this Year's Rainfall

California wildfire map from Cal Fire

CAL FIRE GOOGLECalifornia wildfires map Santa Rosa and Sonoma County are some of the worst affected

In Santa Rosa, several fast-foot restaurants and convenience stores were reduced to burned out hulks, their drive-thru signs leading only to piles of ashes.

The team consists of one engine from the City of Santa Barbara, one from Santa Maria, one from Lompoc, one from Montecito and one from Carpinteria/Summerland.

Above is CHP footage and below is Sonoma County Sheriff's helicopter footage of the intense Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa in the early morning hours of Monday, as seen from above.

On Tuesday, another wildfire also torched a handful of homes in Southern California in the affluent Anaheim Hills neighbourhood in Orange County.

In the town of Napa on the first night of a blaze dubbed the Atlas fire, almost 50 people who were in danger of being overrun by flames were rescued by the crews of two California Highway Patrol helicopters.

Manned roadblocks were set up between Sonoma and devastated areas of Santa Rosa.

The third team, led by a County Fire battalion chief and a trainee, is made up of five County Fire engines.

He said: "All these fires are under investigation".

"It's not going to be anywhere what we saw", said Brian Garcia, a meteorologist with the weather service. "We're at the minimum (staffing) we can be". "We can't even get into most areas". "The fact that they went together is probably what they would have wanted", their son Mike Rippey told the New York Times. "If it's a big event, they'll get multiple engines".

Due to changing wind patterns in the forecast, the National Weather Service also said that the smoke should clear out within the next few days.

Among the factors cited behind the fires' ferocity are high winds, the start of fires at night, heavy vegetation that dried out after a hot summer and dry conditions. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

Mild northerly winds that began Wednesday are expected to increase to 25 miles per hour Thursday and into Friday, with gusts ranging from 35 to 45 miles per hour in the Santa Ynez Mountains and coastal foothills, according to the weather service.

On Friday night, the wind will be similar "if not stronger" than on Thursday, it said, adding that critical conditions could extend briefly into the Santa Monica Mountains and L.A. County valleys.

By Saturday, the winds will shift to the northeast, bringing the risky Sundowner condition that has driven so many wildfires along the Central Coast. "But because there is fire on the ground, because there are areas still smoldering, because there are still embers unattended, this wind could feed" additional fires, "sending those embers out in the fuels to kick up again".

Pitre said his law firm has already been contacted by Sonoma County residents who said transformers exploded and wires sparked unrelated to wildfire.

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