A Cal Fire firefighter monitors a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through the area on November 9, 2018 in Magalia, California.
Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise and has destroyed numerous homes and businesses in a matter of hours.
How did the California wildfire start?
The fire began yesterday, on November 8, near Pulga, California around the Plumas National Forest. Initial firefighters found only 10 to 15 acres burning when they arrived. Yet they were experiencing wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour, creating ideal conditions for the rapid spreading of the Camp Fire.
What caused wildfire in California?
Fire season, along with the rest of the year, is getting warmer.” Climate change is caused by the increase of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide that are created by burning fossil fuels. Strong winds – such as the infamous Santa Anas in Southern California – can rapidly move fires and increase their size.
How did the CA campfire start?
It started as a brush fire. The Camp Fire ignited Nov. 8 in the brush of a rugged canyon in the parched foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At first inaccessible, the small blaze near unpaved Camp Fire Road in Butte County was whipped by wind gusts and quickly became an inferno.
How long did the California wildfires last 2018?
The increase makes 2018 the worst fire season in California in at least 15 years, eclipsing the 1,593,690 acres consumed in 2008, with fires still burning and six weeks left in the year.
Is the California fire still burning?
The Camp Fire burning near Chico, California, is now the most destructive (and tied for deadliest) fire in state history. The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has taken lives and property too, and could still spread further. Already more than 300,000 people have been forced to evacuate statewide.
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