It looks like it was a classic case of “fire weather” in California.
The California state government is reporting that there are now at least three active fires in the state of California, the deadliest since the state started tracking wildfires more than three years ago.
The fires are spreading from the Santa Cruz mountains to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, according to The Associated Press.
In some cases, the fires are now burning at levels that could lead to a direct threat to the lives of firefighters.
“We’re still in the early stages of the fires,” the governor said.
“We’re going to see more and more fires in this state and the West.”
At least 11 people were killed and at least 50 were injured in the fires in California, according the Los Angeles Times.
The Associated States Fire Authority, the state agency that manages the state’s wildfire risk, says there are “several” active fires burning in the Sierra Nevadas, and that “severals” of them have been identified.
The agency says “the total number of fires is expected to be about 60 by the end of the week.”
The Associated Journal reports that the fire activity in California “is continuing to increase rapidly,” and that there have been “more than 30” fires in Northern California, with “more fires burning now than at any time in the past six years.”