Recently, Southern California has been ravaged by wildfires. One in particular is the Thomas fire located in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
The Thomas Fire has been burning for 10 days now and is only 30% contained. It is now considered the 4th largest fire in the states modern history.
Here are the startling numbers.
- 242,000 acres burned
- 258 structures damaged
- 972 structures destroyed
- 8,144 fire personnel
- 1,004 fire engines
- 152 fire crews
- 27 helicopters
- 80 dozers
- 59 water tenders
This wildfire was fueled by the Santa Ana winds. These winds are also known as the “devil winds”. As defined by the National Weather Service the winds are “a weather condition in which strong, hot, dust-bearing winds descend into the Pacific Coast around Los Angeles from inland desert regions”.
These winds originate from a cool, dry high pressure system over the Great Basin.