SACRAMENTO, CA – Wildfires continue to burn out of control in California. More than 9,300 firefighters are battling at least 21 wildfires according to Cal Fire, the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The Rocky Fire is the largest, claiming about 54,000 acres and only about five percent contained. More than 12,000 residents in more than 5,000 structures are under some type of evacuation order or advisory.
In all, this round of wildfires has torched more than 134,000 acres in California. That’s about the same size as Galveston.
Some time-lapse satellite images from NASA show the underlying cause for the California wildfires. And that would be drought. The video from January 1 to July 16, shows drenching rains in the eastern half of the country, including Houston. Red is 20 to 40 inches. Purple rain is up to 76 inches. But there’s nothing out there in California.
Meantime, the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas of Florida continue to have more rain than they can handle.
In fact, it looks a lot like Houston when we get a good gully-washer.
At least one subdivision was evacuated earlier in the day. At one point, the rain was coming down at a rate of three inches an hour. And Tampa International Airport was shut down to all incoming flights around mid-morning.
The good news is that the rain won’t last forever. It will just seem that way.