As many people know who live in the Golden State, California is prone to disasters, the primary being fire damage. Fires have ravaged the state of California throughout 2018, and 2019 is not looking to have much different conditions. For this article, we are going to update you on the current fire warnings, and let you know what you might expect this coming year in terms of conditions.
While many people have noticed the temperatures slightly lowering over the winter, it doesn’t necessarily mean that this will be the case throughout the rest of the year. Last year we experienced very dry conditions. California as a whole has been in a constant drought for many years, and unless we experience a strong influx of rain, we shouldn’t expect things to change. Because of this, the best thing to do is prepare for more dry climate conditions. Current conditions are windy in southern California, wist gusts headed towards canyons and coastal sides of the mountains. High winds are propellant for fires to spread, pushing them to more dry areas to burn and grow.
Last year was the most destructive and deadliest wildfire season California has ever seen. In total, there were 8,527 fires which burned a total of 1.8M acres of land. Consequentially, this resulted in around $3.5B dollars worth in damages. These fires raged in almost all parts of California. The most notable of these fires were the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire, the Hill Fire, the Banscombe Fire, the Sun Fire, Charlie Fire, Irving Fire, Snell Fire, Tulloch Fire, Delta Fire, Sliger Fire, Kerlin Fire, Boot Fire, Essex Fire, North Fire, Ridge Fire, Sterling Fire, Front Fire, Stone Fire, Mill Creek Fire, River Fire of Tulare County, Gulch Fire, Nelson Fire, Hat Fire, Murphy Fire, Holy Fire, Turkey Fire, Tarina Fire, Donnell Fire, Eel Fire, Butte Fire, Whaleback Fire, Steele Fire, Rock Fire, River Fire of the Mendocino Complex, Pasqual Fire, Ranch Fire of the Mendocino Complex, Ribbon Fire, Marsh Fire, Cranston Fire, Eighty Eight Fire, Natchez Fire, Ferguson Fire, Eagle Fire, Stoney Fire, Dale Fire, Georges Fire, Grant Fire, Valley Fire of San Bernardino County, Irish Fire, Box Fire, West Fire, Holiday Fire, Building Fire, Klamathon Fire, County Fire (also known as the Guinda Fire), Valley Fire, Waverly Fire, Creek Fire, Pawnee Fire, Stoll Fire, Lane Fire, Lions Fire, and countless others throughout the state. All of the fires listed above affected more than 500 acres of land. There were countless others that occurred throughout the state as well that were smaller than 500 acres, spanning from the northern most point of the state all of the way to the southern border.
What We Can Expect For 2019
Many of us have seen reports that the state and the rest of the globe is currently warming. Sea temperatures are rising with each passing year, and fires and natural disasters continue to occur at an alarming pace. With what we saw in 2018, it is best to assume that the same can occur in 2019, if not worse. By assuming the worst, we are able to best prepare ourselves in the case of an extreme disaster. We should expect dry, windy conditions for 2019. With this expectation, it will be pertinent to save as much water as we can. Since California is in a perpetual drought that currently does not have an end date, it is important that we save our water in the case of a state-wide emergency. In addition to conservation, allocation efforts should be put in place as well to help prevent the most fire-prone areas from incurring disaster. It is important for you to protect your own home as well. As a home owner in the great state of California, make sure that you have fire insurance for your belongings. For more information on fire damage, protection, and restoration, give us a call at 619-284-4239, or contact us at cleanearthrestorations.com.