Extreme Temperature Diary-November 11, 2018/ Topic: Deadly California Fires…NOV 2018 Day 4

Sunday November 11th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. 

Deadly California Fires…November 2018 Day 4

The last couple of days we have explained how weather patterns have been changing leading to the now current crop of California fires. Climate change for the state of California has entered a cruel stage in which hotter drier weather has led to the conflagrations. Many home owners after the last two years may be forced out of susceptible wildfire areas…even places considered safe for decades. It’s my opinion that at least a small scale climate change refugee crisis will begin after this year in California by those wanting to get out of harms way, protect possessions, and breath healthier air. Even populations in the largest cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco, may be slightly affected with people beginning to ponder the idea of leaving because of seasonal smoke problems. Certainly, the high cost for rebuilding in burned areas or maintaining a dwelling’s insurance in risky areas will go up: 


Today I will just present more wildfire news.  Synoptically California will be ripe for more large fires at least through Tuesday:


Quoting the Weather Underground piece:

Extremely dangerous fire conditions will continue to worsen a historic wildfire disaster in California through Tuesday, as fierce Santa Ana winds combined with exceptionally dry conditions continue. As of Sunday morning, the fires that began on Thursday have killed at least 25 people, caused over 250,000 to evacuate, and brought the state its most destructive fire in modern records.

At 10:24 am EST Sunday, Cal Fire reported over 6700 structures were destroyed by the Camp Fire, mostly in the Northern California town of Paradise (population 27,000). This makes it the most destructive fire in California history. The previous record was the 5636 structures destroyed just last year in the Tubbs fire of October 2017. The Camp Fire was 25% contained, threatened 15,000 structures, and had burned 109,000 acres as of 10:24 am EST Sunday. The 23 deaths from the fire make it the third deadliest in California history.

The Woolsey Fire, which rampaged across the Malibu area and other parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties on Friday, has destroyed at least 177 structures, according a Cal Fire update at 11:48 am EST Sunday. The fire has consumed 83,275 acres and was just 10% contained. Two deaths and three firefighter injuries have been attributed to the fire. “Crews will continue to battle steep terrain, limited access, and extreme fire behavior,” warned Cal Fire. Some 57,000 structures were still threatened by the Woolsey Fire.


In other climate and weather news from Sunday:

(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity.)



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