Southern California just can’t catch a break with El Niño. In the winter months we were dealing with torrential downpours that caused flooding and declarations of state of emergencies from civic leaders. Now, there’s talk of those El Niño rains providing fuel for the upcoming California fire season.
FIRE SEASON IN CALIFORNIA
Here in California, there’s two distinct times when wildfires are more prone to occur. The Santa Ana season brings its hot winds during autumn, and during the summer months, wildfires are fueled by sun-drenched vegetation.
THE EL NIÑO SPARK
The rains caused by El Niño and a fifth year of drought have created the perfect storm for California wildfires this summer. The rains brought life to new vegetation – more potential fuel for fires – and the droughts left plenty of wide swaths of dried out forest that are primed for burning.
The U.S. Drought Monitor – a weekly update from federal agencies – says that much of southern and central Sierra Nevada are still in extreme drought conditions.
HOW DO WILDFIRES START?
From a spark caused by lightning to a carelessly discarded cigarette butt, wildfires can ignite from any number of ways. If pushed by the wind, a small fire can quickly turn into a big one. As fires grow, they pull in large amounts of oxygen, creating a change in air pressure and enabling the fire to essentially feed upon itself.
CALL J&M KEYSTONE, INC. IF FIRE DAMAGES YOUR BUSINESS OR HOME
If your property is damaged by fire, you need professional help ASAP. Even if you’re the ultimate DIY-er, restoration from fire damage is best left to the professionals.
At J&M Keystone, Inc., we have the skills and the equipment to make sure your fire restoration project is done right the first time.
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