by Axios | 11.9.18
Three wildfires gained momentum in California early Friday morning, USA Today reports, spurring major evacuations. As of this morning, the three fires "were at zero percent containment."
The details: The Camp Fire is in the northern part of California, and has "pretty much ... destroyed" the town of Paradise, a community of 27,000, Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said, while the Hill and Woolsey fires are in Ventura County.
Our thought bubble, from Axios' Science Editor Andrew Freedman: Santa Ana wind events, which feature strong, dry offshore winds that can accelerate through mountain passes are notorious for resulting in fast-spreading wildfires in Southern California in particular. Much of the state has not seen rain in months, and vegetation moisture levels are near all-time lows. Long-term climate change and population growth in areas that border forests and hills that typically burn are major factors in worsening the fire risks over time. Even for a fire-prone state like California, however, the past 24 hours have been extremely severe if not historic.
Written by Axios
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