It’s another bad fire season in California. Wait, you may ask, isn’t it fire season year round in Cali? It turns out no! There are two distinct fire seasons, with two different forcing factors. The Santa Anna wind driven fire season runs from October through April (winter/spring). The high winds can drive fires into a frenzy – such as is happening this weekend, where winds in California have been gusting into tropical storm levels. The second fire season, during the driest and hottest months of the summer, runs from June to September. So … May is nice sometimes.
Here is a satellite view of the Kincade fire as the sun comes up this morning (from GOES 17) … click to animate if you dare (it is big):
In all seriousness this is a bad situation. The Kincade fire, north of San Francisco, has over $10 Billion in property within a mile of the fires. The Getty fire near LA has another $15 Billion at risk; statewide the total is over $25 Billion of property at immediate risk, being within one mile of an active fire.