Southern California has seen fire season start early with large wildfires consuming tremendous amounts of acreage. Temperatures have been in the triple digits and humidity is at an all-time high, similar to the conditions found in Arizona during the Yarnell Hill Fire, which claimed the lives of 19 firefighters. I recently took a walk through the woods near my house and found that the forests are in bad shape. The duff (vegetation on the forest floor), which usually has some moisture in it this time of year, is bone dry.
Conditions, conditions, conditions
All three recent fires in California and Arizona - the Yarnell Hill Fire, the Chariot Fire and Mountain Fire - have shared similar weather conditions that have contributed to large scale devastation. The impact from triple digit temperatures, shifting wind conditions and low humidity has created dangerous situations for residents, first responders and firefighters alike. For those of us in the country’s southwest region, this has meant a very difficult fire season.