California is notorious for their wildfires, the severity of them topping news headlines for weeks. So, what makes this year’s fires different; especially the Mosquito fire.
The wildfire season usually starts in May and concludes in October. Due to climate change, the wildfire season is starting earlier and ending later. Wildfires thrive off of a hot, dry climate, drought conditions and dry vegetation.
On September 6, the Mosquito fire erupted in Placer and El Dorado county. The drought-like conditions from the heat wave earlier in the summer fueling the fire, dry vegetation being the main component. The fire is predicted to burn to the Tahoe National Forests as well as El Dorado, according to USA Today.
Mandatory evacuation orders have been set in place since the fire started, and over 11,000 people have left their homes. Close to 77,000 acres have been burned, and there’s been 38% containment of the fire, according to CA Fire. But, wind over this weekend may backtrack all their progress over the last week.
California is also seeing cooler temperatures and rain over the weekend, which could aid the firefighters in getting Mosquito fire out before it does even more damage, KCRA3 reports.