California’s firefighters have been working overtime thanks to a more ferocious wildfire season.
The Golden State, as well as parts of Mexico to the south, have been bone-dry for months because of little rainfall and record-high temperatures, which have created the perfect conditions for increased fire activity. As of Thursday, brush fires in California had burned nearly 10,000 acres, destroyed 30 homes, threatened multiple military facilities, and forced thousands to evacuate.
To make matters worse, Thursday has been the hottest day of the week so far, with highs between 98 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service.
The wildfires are so large they can be clearly seen from space. In this photo, captured by a NASA satellite on Wednesday, thick plumes of smoke from brush fires, from California to Mexico, drift westward to the Pacific Ocean.
To break its historic drought, California would need to see 9 to 15 inches of precipitation in one month. That’s more than half a year’s worth of average rainfall for the state.
The worst may be yet to come. Wildfire season peaks in the summer and lasts until fall.