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Tubbs Fire Most Destructive Wildfire in California History

20 Oct 2017, 11:03 am

“The Tubbs Fire alone has sadly broken the record as the most destructive wildfire in California’s history,” Cal Fire said Friday.

 

 

Firefighters say they made good progress on the wildfires due to the minimal fire activity overnight.

Nearly 10,000 firefighters are still battling nine large wildfires in California.

As of Friday morning, just over 15,000 people remain evacuated from the fires and an estimated 7,700 structures have been destroyed.

A Fire Weather Watch in Southern California was issued through the weekend due to gusty winds and low humidity expected.

Cal Fire says that since the start of the October Fire Siege on Sunday, October 8, they have responded to 250 new wildfires. At the peak of the wildfires there were 21 major wildfires that, in total,burned over 245,000 acres, 11,000 firefighters battled the destructive fires that at one time forced 100,000 to evacuate, destroyed an estimated 7,700 structures, and sadly, took the lives of 42 people.

As news of the rising death toll from the California fires continues, NOAA satellites help capture the extent of the devastation. NOAA GOES-16 and NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP use their unique vantage to monitor the extent, location and temperature of fire and smoke. The satellites are also able to map the burns scars from the fires.

Fire danger has also increased in Southern California. The area will see another round of gusty winds return into the weekend, and combined with the heat and extremely dry conditions, that will elevate the fire threat into the beginning of the new workweek.

 

 

A weak front is expected to pass through the area by the weekend, bringing a round of cool air and the possibility for drizzle and light showers. The National Weather Service Los Angeles talks about the elevated fire threat.

 

For more on the California wildfires, click here.

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