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NASA image of wildfires in San Diego

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Wildfire season has started 4 months early in southern California where wildfires have burned more than 10,000 and destroyed numerous homes in San Diego during the past 48 hours.  At one point up to 40,000 homes, schools and business have been evacuated.
 
Typically fall is the most dangerous season for wildfires in southern California. This year an exceptionally dry winter has contributed to abnormally dry conditions in California.  Earlier this week fire conditions peaked as Santa Anna winds combined with humidity as low as 1-5% and temperatures in San Diego between 94 and 104 degrees.

The worst of the fires has been centered over the San Marcos and Carlsbad communities of northern San Diego County.
A single fire started Tuesday under suspicious circumstances and within 48 hours multiplied into nine separate fires which are threatening homes, universities, Legoland, Camp Pendleton military base and the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The fires are visible in this picture from space courtesy of a NASA satellite

It was hoped the dry Santa Anna winds coming from the east would calm down long enough on Wednesday for firefighters to gain an upper hand on the fire, but winds were gusting over 40 mph once again on Thursday.  By the weekend temperatures will start to drop and humidity will rise again on westerly winds.

In recent years San Diego county has experienced 2 of the worst wildfires in California state history during the fall of both 2003 and 2007.  In 2007 nearly one million people were evacuated from their homes and thousands of homes were destroyed.








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