"It's a moderate offshore wind event, but the problem is that it's coming right after a strong heat event," said Will Pi, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. "This combination will cause the problems for fire risk. The heat could generate new fires and then the winds could help spread flames." … [Read more...] about Increasing confidence for hot, desiccating winds in Bay Area Monday night
The Creek Fire started Friday and by Saturday afternoon it had exploded in size, jumping the San Joaquin River and cutting off the only road into the Mammoth Pool Campground. At least 2,000 structures were threatened in the area about 290 miles (467 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. … [Read more...] about AQI in Bishop hits 449 due to Creek Fire, worst in the U.S.
A county can move backward by failing to meet the criteria for two consecutive weeks, or if state officials see a rapid rise in hospitalizations. The California Department of Public Health stated that the case rates will not include prisoner cases, and will "include an adjustment factor for counties that are testing above the state average." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus update: 5 Calif. counties move from purple to red tier
On Saturday, National Guard rescuers in two military helicopters airlifted 214 people to safety after flames trapped them in a wooded camping area near Mammoth Pool Reservoir. Two people were seriously injured and were among the 12 total individuals hospitalized. … [Read more...] about Creek Fire grows into raging monster: What you need to know
Measurements taken from NOAA satellite imagery revealed the fire cloud topped out at more than 45,000 feet. Dr. Colin Seftor, atmospheric scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., told NASA the fire cloud may have been the largest ever observed. The cloud topped out at more than 45,000 feet. … [Read more...] about SF resident caught in Yosemite smoke storm: ‘The sky was so dark it was hard to see’