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Fires Continue in San Diego County, California

Seven fires are still burning in San Diego County, California.  All of California is experiencing exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions. The wildfire area is in the second-most dangerous category--extreme drought conditions.  California's governor has cited climate change as a factor in the fires, noting the last three years have been the driest in recorded history.  Wildfire season used to start in late summer and extend into the fall, now it appears that threat continues year round due to the conditions that California is currently facing.

Weather reports for the area this coming weekend predict a cooling trend which is good news for firefighters and residents alike.  Highs will drop to 70s and 80s for the coast and valleys. Next week, the coast will be back into the 60s and the valleys, 70s.  By Tuesday, the area will be 5-10 degrees below normal making firefighting a little easier for crews.

NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on May 15, 2014. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Jenner with information from CNN.com, San Diego CBS affliate Channel 8, and San Diego ABC affliate Channel 10

Page Last Updated: May 19th, 2014
Page Editor: Lynn Jenner