So How 'Bout Our Fire Risk?
The lack of rainfall this year isn’t the only reason the Southern California wildfires are so large and out of control. But the dry conditions aren’t helping, either. So what about Northern California, which saw below-average rainfall this year?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Here’s the first thing to keep in mind, says John Juskie with the National Weather Service: This isn’t the Los Angeles basin.
“We’ve been fortunate to have some early season rainfall that has moistened up the fuels.”
So even that light drizzle we got last weekend makes a difference. The grass becomes a little less parched. But the thing about grass is it can dry back up just as easily – with the right weather conditions. And Juskie’s forecast calls for warm, dry winds the next few days – and a fairly dry November. Which means, Juskie says:
“I wouldn’t say that we are out of the woods completely for fire threat, but that early season rain has really put a, not to use a pun, but put a damper on the fire situation up here.”