California Wildfire Update: Critical Fire Weather Still in Effect
Meteorologists are warning Southern California residents of “critical fire weather” as they are under a “red flag” warning from the National Weather Service. Due to very dry Santa Ana winds and low humidity, parts of Southern California should expect weather conducive to wildfires.
A new fire called the Maria Fire started in Ventura County late Thursday afternoon. The fire has burned 8,000 acres and 7,000 people are under mandatory evacuations. This fire follows numerous other fires affecting both southern and northern California, including Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, San Bernardino, West Los Angeles and Sonoma County. The Kincade fire in Sonoma Valley burned over 77,000 acres and is 65 percent contained after starting nine days ago. The Getty Fire, which started Monday night, burned over 750 acres and is 52 percent contained. Twelve homes were burned and five others were damaged.
Additionally, many people in California are without power due to rolling power blackouts to prevent damaged power lines from creating new fires. Currently, there are about 15,000 people without power but earlier in the week, it was close to 2 million people without power in Northern California.