wind sunday night was gusting to 70mph. fire could outrace pretty much anything.
My heart and prayers go out to all of you.
I used to be a firefighter in Shasta County near Redding, CA. In looking at the map
I can see that California has to be massively stretched in trying to man these events. I may have to email Cal Fire to see if I can pick up an assignment despite my no longer being with a unit.
I watched the live video as these things blew out in the wind the other night. Absolutely horrific because I know how indefensible that can be and how people are absolutely caught without any type of warning as they awake to seeing their property or home on fire. Escape routes are another thing.
Getting news coverage from even here in Las Vegas, only minutes from California, is hard to come across. I'm thinking the nation is in 'disaster overload' mode right now so news outlets choose to focus on politics.
Entire modern neighborhoods have been torched so that speaks to the intensity of the flames and winds. That should just never be happening to stucco homes with tile roofs.
Here's a map showing the current conditions with California fires. The acreage of some of those fires is unbelievable, especially considering the very short time it took for them to grow to the size they are.