CAL FIRE: California Statewide Fire Summary - Tuesday, November 20, 2018
California Statewide Fire Summary
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Approximately 5,000 firefighters covering 429 fire engines, 54 dozers, 102 hand crews, 54 water tenders, 17 helicopters and numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state, along with numerous out-of-state resources, are still battling two large wildfires in California. These wind-driven fires have burned more than 248,300 acres and destroyed an estimated 18,657 structures.
In northern California, very dry conditions continue through Tuesday with a sudden change to rather moist conditions Wednesday into Thanksgiving weekend. Heavy precipitation at times in fire scar areas could create debris flows. Locally heavy rain or snow at higher elevations (mostly 5500 ft +) is expected, particularly Thursday and Friday. Gusty southerly winds expected to develop Tuesday afternoon and overnight ahead of the incoming weather system/precipitation could be accompanied by some low RH in favored areas, especially the Shasta Valley.
In southern California, a weak ridge of high pressure will sit over the West Coast through Tuesday. Showers will develop over the northern parts of Central California starting Wednesday morning and then spread south into Southern California by Wednesday evening. These showers will persist through Thursday afternoon. Scattered showers will persist from a Monterey/Fresno County line northward Thursday evening through Friday night with up to an additional half inch of rainfall. The snow level will be between 6,000 and 7,000 feet. Temperatures will warm and humidity will become low this weekend.
Although wildfire damage can be immeasurable, the danger is not over after the flames are put out. Flash flooding and debris flows, structural damage, road instability, and damaged trees are just some of the dangers that exist after a wildfire. To learn more on returning home, click here. En Español, clic aqui.