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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 11:03:51 PM »

Had to cancel a trip to Los Angeles this weekend since I-5 seems to be getting closed from the smoke.  Weird to see fires this bad so late in the year.

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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 11:19:22 PM »

It sounds like fire weather will continue as long as this high pressure ridge is in place (about 7-10 days). I truly wish the very best for them.
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 08:32:14 PM »

This is absolutely insane.  :no:

I truly hope that the people affected by this will recover easily and quickly.


I first heard of this last night, when my mother showed me a video of fire all over the place right off of Interstate 405 in California. Here is the video:


I don't think I have ever seen a sight like this in my entire life - to have such enormous, extensive, and bright fire so close to such a huge and significant highway - it literally looks like the "Highway to Hell." This is crazy!  :wow:  :-o  :crazy:

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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 08:42:11 PM »

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-fire-i15-story.html

Now San Diego is hit by the fires.

I'm sorry to hear that. That's at least 100 too many fires for that area.
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2017, 09:12:27 PM »

When covering this the other day, the Weather Channel was talking about how the high pressure ridge is getting stuck in place for long periods of time, which causes this, and how it could be caused by climate change
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2017, 01:59:07 AM »

When covering this the other day, the Weather Channel was talking about how the high pressure ridge is getting stuck in place for long periods of time, which causes this, and how it could be caused by climate change

Although it is unusually long for this to happen, this pattern isn't unusual for December. Just the length is. We are getting the same high pressure ridge here in Oregon and models are showing rain returning on the 16th of 17th. Long range forcast are not often picking it up though.

Quote from: Mark Nelsen, Fox 12 chief meteorologist and head of fox 12 weather blog
this a rare event?  Yes and no.  Iíve gone back and looked over the records.  Letís assume we go 10 days without rain (a relatively big assumption at this point).  That has only happened in 7 Decembers out of around 80 years of records at PDX.  We had 11 consecutive dry days in 2009, and 14 in 2005 and 12 in 1989.  All 3 were followed by great skiing the 2nd part of winter.  It also happened in 1993 and 1980, those two werenít very good snow seasons in the Cascades.
Those three events were on a similar pattern.
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2017, 04:34:07 PM »

When covering this the other day, the Weather Channel was talking about how the high pressure ridge is getting stuck in place for long periods of time, which causes this, and how it could be caused by climate change

Doesn't this, like, happen to California every year though?  I don't remember a single year going by without some part of California catching on fire.
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2017, 05:42:11 PM »

When covering this the other day, the Weather Channel was talking about how the high pressure ridge is getting stuck in place for long periods of time, which causes this, and how it could be caused by climate change

Doesn't this, like, happen to California every year though?  I don't remember a single year going by without some part of California catching on fire.

Wildfire season to us is like hurricane season in the Atlantic. Fires happen but they don't affect a city every year,just like a hurricane happens every year but doesn't make landfall every year.
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2017, 11:10:03 PM »

When covering this the other day, the Weather Channel was talking about how the high pressure ridge is getting stuck in place for long periods of time, which causes this, and how it could be caused by climate change

Doesn't this, like, happen to California every year though?  I don't remember a single year going by without some part of California catching on fire.

Wildfire season to us is like hurricane season in the Atlantic. Fires happen but they don't affect a city every year,just like a hurricane happens every year but doesn't make landfall every year.

Wildfires in cities are an unusual thing.  Usually there's less fuel load in cities as streets, roofs, etc. are fire resistant.  Plus the highways make it easy to get firefighters there in a hurry.

The wet spring last year has increased the fuel load and made dangerous fire conditions, from Marin County to SoCal.

I am surprised CHP didn't close the highway before the fire got as close as in the clip.  A thrown spark into a car could make the whole road into an inferno.
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2017, 10:32:21 PM »

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-skirball-fire-cause-20171212-story.html

One of the fires in Southern California is blamed on a homeless encampment.
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2017, 01:41:43 AM »

Looks like the winds aren't dying like expected, dangerous fire conditions will continue for the next couple of days.  :-(
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2017, 01:45:59 AM »

Does anyone know when these fires are supposed to be contained?
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2017, 04:54:43 PM »

Does anyone know when these fires are supposed to be contained?

NPR this morning quoted fire officials as saying probably not for about three weeks :(
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Re: Wildfires threaten thousands of homes in Southern California
« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2017, 10:51:43 PM »

Fire is now 3rd largest in California history, according to NBC nightly news.
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