The Santa Ana winds blow across California every year from October through March. These are hot, dry winds that can dry out greenery, fan forest fires, and carry them over long distances. One of their nicknames? ‘Devil Winds’!
A huge fire, called the Thomas fire, has been burning across Southern California in the USA for the last 13 days. It has burnt through 270,000 acres – an area that CNN reports as larger than New York City! It has also forced many thousands of people to flee from their homes. Firefighters are still struggling to bring the fire under control.
How do these wildfires start? Changing climate in areas is causing more vegetation to dry out. Any little fire that breaks out can then be fuelled in no time. Couple that with the Santa Anas and its a recipe for disaster.
We hope to see this blaze under complete control really soon!