An article with good pictures on the wildfires in California. From 20 June 2008, lightning storms and record level heat started scattered fires throughout northern California.
Video length: 3 mins. A 150-acre fire thought contained Monday at noon, erupted to an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 acres by 5 p.m. and threatened homes along Sandpit Road north of Cassel. The blaze is named the Venture Fire. "It made a significant run this afternoon with high temperatures and low humidity," said a Cal Fire spokeswoman. Hundreds of fires are burning throughout central and northern California, leaving few firefighters and other resources to battle the flames. All local fires are the result of Saturday lightning storms. More thunderstorms are predicted for Saturday.
Video length: 2 mins 46 secs. Hundreds evacuated fiery areas of Northern California that were ignited by lighting. A shortage of firefighters and trucks are causing California serious concern. Sandra Hughes reports.
Video length: 2 mins 37 secs. Little relief is in sight for firefighters battling blazes throughout the Golden State. Teri Okita reports on California's long, dry fire season.
Video length: 6 mins 6 secs. Bill Whitaker reports on the damage done by the Calif. wildfires, and a family shared their experience of losing everything with Maggie Rodriguez.
Video length: 2mins 28 secs. Fire crews are fighting exhaustion as they battle more than 1,000 active wildfires across the state. Sandra Hughes reports.
Video length: 3 mins 8 secs. The strong winds and high heat fueling wildfires in Southern California are making it a difficult fight for firefighters. Dave Price reports from Concow, Calif.
7-page report about the public assistance given to the Counties who were affected of the wildfire.
As firefighters continue to battle the wildfires in Calif. more than 800 homes have been lost and 50,000 people have been forced to evacuate the area since Tuesday. Bill Whitaker reports.
Choose between text only or PDF file. An anomalous lightning event occurred on 20–21 June 2008 in central and northern California. Most of the thunderstorms produced frequent lightning with little precipitation, resulting in over 1500 new fires. Many of these fires became large, and massive firefighting efforts continued through August in order to contain all the fires. This event was not well forecast, with only isolated lightning strikes expected. Several computer model forecast parameters pointed toward the impending lightning outbreak, including satellite and lightning observations, as well as model data from 19 June. An existing procedure to forecast dry thunderstorms showed the strong possibility of a thunderstorm outbreak over California. This procedure proved to be helpful, but has been modified to better handle moisture advection and low-level forcing, which provides a more comprehensive framework for forecasting potential dry thunderstorm outbreaks.