Originally Posted by Roc Doc
The data is showing this as a new norm. Those fire storms in Santa Rosa were really something.
Originally Posted by santa V2.0
Oakland hills fire was in 1991. 20+ killed, I think almost 3000 homes lost. This is nothing new. It is more common now that there are a lot more homes in the forest than there was 30 years ago.
Large fires, are not new.
what is new is how often they now can happen, or how long the fire season is
Oakland hills was in October, the very end of the dry season with an off shore wind (Santa Ana winds). always was the worst combination. small fire (1500ac) in a bad place with bad fuels (Eucalyptus) I was in Oakland at the time as well.
Napa fires were in October, again normally driest time of year.
Thomas fire (largest in CA) was in December of last year. should have been well into the wet season but didn't happen.
we currently have 3 fires burning in the state that could top 100,000 acres each (Carr, Ferguson, Medecino complex). they all started in July.
the big fire have typically been late in the season, September/October. July is early for such large fires
we now have large fires possible half of the year. the season keeps growing.