The year 2017 is very righty being referred to as the season of worst fires. The wildfires in Northern California have led to at least 31 deaths and the destruction of about 3,500 structures that included homes as well as businesses. The governor has already declared a state of emergency in the counties of Sonoma, Napa and Yuba. On the other hand, the Canyon 2 fire in Southern California has scorched thousands of acres and burned down a number of homes. This is just the beginning of the fall fire season in California which could prove to be one of the worst and the most destructive so far. California is a place which is vulnerable to fires throughout the year but the fires that occur in the fall can be particularly dangerous. The effects of heat and dry temperatures during the summer season worsen in the later months owing to the winds from the Great Basin which are known as the Santa Ana winds in Southern California and are referred to as the Diablo winds in the northern part. These winds are extremely powerful and warm at the same time which causes the fires to spread quicker and faster.
According to a study in the year 2015 which examined the fires in Southern California found that the wildfires that occurs during the Santa Ana season in late September through the end of the year results in causing greater damage to the structures as compared to the fires during the summer season. These are considered to be the most destructive wildfires in California. The total amount of damage caused is done since February 2017 which has no data of the current fires in Northern California; the fires can be even more deadly. The total number of deaths due to the fires has been recorded up to the 12th of October 2017 which does not include the deaths in the fires that took place this week in North California.
A previously wet winter is leading into a long and dry summer. Historic amounts of rain and snow in the winter season has prevented the large fires from burning in California until the month of April. The year 2016 - 2017 is considered to be the water year which had set records in the northern Sierra Nevada by recording a total of 94.7 inches of rainfall all year round. The average amount of precipitation has also considerably increased during the year.