Rain and Cooler Weather May Be On the Way To Relieve California Wildfires

Abbie Nelson, Staff Writer

According to CNN Meteorologist Micheal Guy “A front is pushing through the Pacific Northwest today which is bringing cooler drier air.” Following that, a storm system is expected to approach from the Pacific late Wednesday leading to a light rain reaching northern California mid-week and heavier showers on Friday, lasting through at least the following Tuesday.

The problem is relief can not come soon enough as the long-running drought earlier in the week will continue to fuel the fast-moving flames.

This fire season definitely needs some relief as record-breaking high temperatures, low humidity and wind have fueled California’s historic fire season causing the deaths of 31 people, destroying more than 8,454 structures and burning more than 4 million acres. That’s 26 times more the number of acres burned in the same time period of 2019 and is greater than the area of Connecticut.

According to Cal fire, there have been more than 8,200 wildfires in California this year. More than 16,500 firefighters continue to battle the blazes of 23 major wildfires as of October 4.

 It’s safe to say just about everyone is ready for the historic wildfire season to be over, even those who don’t live in California have been majorly affected by the air quality these fires have produced. It’s been reported that smoke from these fires has reached clear to New York.

These fires have been just adding stress to an already interesting year as Thunder Ridge Junior Bryn Kirkendoll said “The California wildfires started at a very bad time. 2020 is already bad. The wildfires are just making it harder for people to move on with their lives.”