DISCUSSION: It’s a seemingly normal scene for those in California to see the onslaught of wildfires in the dry seasons of the year. 2017 was not shy to such and is still proving is has more to show its residents in terms of widespread fire activity. Of late much of this activity is attributed to the high winds and low humidities driving fires into some of the most sensitive areas, recently the Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties.
Of concern are the fires across Northern California, nearly 22 in total that have currently burned 170,000 acres with minimal containment in sight. 17 people are confirmed deceased due to the spread of wildfires this week with 11 attributed to the Tubbs fire burning between Calistoga and Santa Rosa at 28,000 acres. CalFire estimates 3,500 structures have been destroyed by the fires and evacuations continue as winds are expected to shift this evening.
There will be no relief in sight as wildfires continue to spread in California. The Pacific Northwest is expected to see a weak frontal passage bringing some precipitation however no rainfall is expected for the fires in Northern California. This frontal passage will bring higher northerly winds especially in the higher elevations with decreased humidity. Winds as high as 40 knots can be seen in forecasts. Areas of Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties are currently under a red flag warning.
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© Meteorologist Jessica Olsen