This Has Been The Worst Year For California Wildfires In The History Of The State

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We have never seen a year like this in the history of the state of California.  Yes, there are large wildfires in California every year, but this is one for the record books.  Well over half a million acres have already been burned, and we still have three weeks remaining in 2017.  At this moment, the fires that have absolutely ravaged Ventura County for the past seven days are moving into Santa Barbara County, and at this point no end to the crisis is in sight.


It would be hard to overstate the devastation that has been caused by these fires in recent months.  One climatologist even used the term “apocalyptic conditions” to describe what he has been witnessing.  The following comes from the Los Angeles Daily News

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 3, there were 6,762 fires that destroyed 505,391 acres. That’s 43 percent more events for the same time period last year, when 244,297 acres were destroyed, according to Cal Fire.

“Fuel. Ignition. Meteorology. Each component of the formula are off the charts this year,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “When all three elements in the equation are supersized, you’re set up for apocalyptic conditions.”

Please keep in mind that the “505,391 acres” figure does not include anything that has burned over the past week.  So to get an updated total, you would need to add at least 150,000 more acres to that number.

Even with all of our advanced technology, we are still very much at the mercy of natural disasters.  Southern California has been burning for a week, and despite our best efforts, we can’t stop it.

According to Cal Fire Captain Lucas Spelman, the fire season of 2017 “definitely went down as the most destructive in California’s history”

“Every year, we say we’re really having a horrible fire season. We’ve said over the years, this could be the worst fire season,” he added. But 2017 is different.

“It definitely went down as the most destructive in California’s history,” he said.

Over the past five years, an average of a bit more than 200,000 acres have burned in California each year.  So what we are seeing in 2017 is very highly unusual.  The state has already seen more than 650,000 acres burn, and we still have several weeks to go before we get to 2018.

Thousands upon thousands of Californians have been evacuated because of these fires, and many of them ended up losing their homes.

Ultimately some will end up moving out of the state entirely and starting new lives in other parts of the country.  That could eventually prove to be a blessing, because California is not a place to be right now.

Let us hope that firefighters get these fires under control, but that is not expected to happen any time soon.  In fact, USA Today is reporting that the weather in southern California is expected to stay hot and dry for the next seven days…

Firefighters battling a massive blaze near Santa Barbara expect to face ongoing difficulties as temperatures are forecast to stay in the low 80s for the first part of the week.

“The thing that is troublesome is that next week we’re supposed to have a dry spell and elevated temperatures. There’s no rain expected in the next seven days,” said Charles Esseling of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The biggest of the wildfires is known as “the Thomas fire”, and it has already burned more than 100,000 acres by itself and has forced nearly 90,000 people to evacuate from their homes.  It is being called “the grandaddy of them all”, and at this moment it is heading directly toward the wealthiest portion of Santa Barbara County

Residents in portions of Carpinteria and Montecito were fleeing as the blaze moved closer to homes, including some owned by celebrities.

The fire, which straddled Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, was 15% contained as of Sunday afternoon, Esseling said.

In “Living A Life That Really Matters”, I talk about some of the reasons why our world is becoming increasingly unstable.  In 2017, we have been hit by natural disaster after natural disaster, and yet most people refuse to see that there is a pattern.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, we are on pace for the 2nd worst year for wildfires in all of U.S. history.  Two years ago (2015) was the worst year ever, and if California continues to burn at the current rate it is possible that we could set a new all-time national record for acres burned.

In addition to the wildfires, there has been an unusual amount of seismic activity in the state recently as well, and that is something that we are watching very, very closely.

Once upon a time, young Americans poured into the state in order to live “the California dream”, but these days it is more of a nightmare.  For much more on why so many have been moving out of the state in recent years, please see my previous article entitled “16 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Live In California”.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on

  • Orkin

    No doubt the Muslims Obama and now Trump is bringing in have started fires as a way to wage jihad against the enemies of Islam. How can you trust them if they even burn down rival mosques!

  • chickenpatti13

    The deep state is burning California down to depopulate the state so they and their illegal aliens can take it over.Vegetation will grow back and real estate will still be prime.The just need to get rid of the Americans.Anybody else notice the victims need all kinds of special permits to rebuild?Permits that are expensive and that are not approved.They picked the right state,though.When they have everything in place,it will fall into the sea or everybody will be poisoned by Japan’s ever giving gift of a radioactive Pacific Ocean.Couldn’t happen to a better state.

    • summer of love

      If I remember the video Why in the World are they Spraying? tells why the drought is so bad there.

    • Oh, how I wish I had Facebook or Twitter; alas, having a three-digit IQ prevents me from participating in either… But I TRULY would love to hit the share button beneath this post of yours, it is truly very, very funny, albeit unintentionally.

      Your post is the written equivalent of those “People of WalMart” photographs! You know, where they look like buffoons but haven’t a clue. What’s scary is that you were probably being 100% serious.

      • an

        Your comments are just as mean as the conservatives on Breitbart so it’s no wonder people block you!

      • Daniel

        Just because your IQ is 100, it’s no reason to brag. That’s only 25 points over full-on retard. The fact that you WISH you had Facebook or Twitter despite your not-so-high-after-all IQ bears that out. The fact
        that you blame climate change for the fires makes it a slam dunk. If
        I was a betting man, I’d bet you sort your garbage, jog with your dog, and listen to Steely Dan.

  • Largest fire eh?

    That sounded false… and this website isn’t exactly known for its commitment to factuality… and it turns out once again that the statement(s) made are false. The wildfires going on now are ranked at #5: latimes. com/local/lanow/la-me-thomas-fire-santa-barbara-fire-20171210-story.html

    The destruction is terrible of course, as is the displacement of happy citizens, but at least people who didn’t believe in climate change are getting a stiff education on the matter.

    • MaxRockatansky33

      Actually Thomas fire is very close to become the largest (by area) fire in the modern California history. Thankfully not the deadliest.

  • MaxRockatansky33

    What about Houston M.A after Hurricane Harvey?

  • Proud2BAmerican

    California’s Governor Jerry brown IS living in “LA LA Land” … a Blooming Idiot as he blames the past and current fires on Global Warming/Climate Change.

    The Black Hills are burning: over 70 square miles in the Legion Lake Fire, with a second fire starting at the French Creek horse camp and spreading through Wind Cave National Park toward the town of Buffalo Gap. For South Dakota’s national forest, the fire has proved devastating. But it’s just a blip when compared with the nearly 400 square miles now burning in California. The Thomas Fire, as it has been named, is already the fourth largest wildfire in California history, with a good chance to move up the rankings—and it follows the Tubbs Fire that blackened northern California and spread into the city of Santa Rosa at the end of October. The West, in other words, is a tinderbox, and this season the flames took hold.

    Most of this IS preventable, if it was not for the Liberal Environmentalist who have the political power and control on our forest issues in our western states.

    Our nation’s forest must be maintained. They need access roads, fire lanes, the timber needs to be thinned, dead and fallen trees need to be removed, the undergrowth under the canopy around the trees needs to be removed.

    The undergrowth is nothing more than tender for a fire to build up enough heat to catch a large tree on fire. Without the undergrowth there will just be leaves which in most cases will not build up a hot enough fire to catch a large tree on fire.

    In Mississippi and other southern states, state public lands are thinned regularly and controlled burns are done to clear the undergrowth. This is also done on much of the private lands.

    Proper maintenance in our forest will not prevent all fires … however, in properly maintained land the damage to the forest and surrounding areas will be much less than in and around unmaintained forest.

    Until these liberals wake up on the West Coast and change the ways they manage their forest lands nothing will change …