Another Season Added To The Year: Fire

Image Credits: Photo by Michael Held on Unsplash

Living in the Northern California area, it feels as if fire season is now a new season that is part of our winter, spring, summer, and fall tradition. The summer months of the fire season leaves the regions in a “black sky” condition.

Widespread drought conditions affect many areas. California may be entering another year of drought conditions. Dry windy air quality bring out the Red Flag warnings.

Droughts and hot weather transform forests and grasslands into ideal dry-fuel arenas for wildfires that burn out of control.

The US Drought Monitor shows an extreme drought affecting the majority of the state, with conditions ranging from “Abnormally Dry” to “Exceptional Drought” in both northern and southern regions.


According to the Drought Monitor’s forecast, widespread “severe” and “exceptional” drought conditions will persist in the Western United States. Long-term drought is likely to persist in California and other southwestern states, as precipitation continued to fall below normal in March, combining with lower rates of snow water runoff for the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

California isn’t the only state with plenty of dry-carbon combustible fuel. The weather service and agricultural officials in California and the Southwest predict water usage reductions and increased fire dangers.

A solution is still being sought. Wildfire survivors and experts urged Congress on Thursday to move urgently to avoid further damage as a potentially historic fire season threatens the West, despite a worsening drought and rising temperatures.

The U.S. is not the only country affected by dryer conditions. On the other side of the world, Siberia is on fire. As smoke from nearby wildfires blanketed Novobirsk, authorities issued a “black sky” air quality warning to the city’s 1.7 million residents last week. The Siberian Times announced in late April that fires destroyed 27 houses in Kemerovo and 50 in Novosibirsk, Russia’s third-largest city, with further destruction in surrounding districts.

The seasons roll by and the “black sky” will be back to remind us that fire season is here again!

Image Credits: Photo by Nick Herasimenka on Unsplash

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