Tuesday, July 8, 2008

California Wildfires

Every summer and fall are fire season in California. If we have less rainfall than normal, we're at risk because of dry conditions, but if we have an abundance of rain, we're at risk due to dense vegetation. Last year we had such rampant fires in Southern California, it was deemed the worst natural disaster in California history. The recovery is ongoing. Currently, fire fighters from all over the country have come to help battle the blazes in Northern California, started by lightning and burning out of control in Big Sur and the Central Coast near Santa Barbara. High winds have fanned the flames and rugged, isolated terrain have made containment nearly impossible.

The photograph is courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture.

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