I have lived California for almost 25 years and am no stranger to wildfires. They happen in the late fall months when Santa Ana Winds kick up and feed what would normally be small brush fires into uncontrollable infernos. The current wildfires in Southern California have already killed 13 people and destroyed over 825 homes. These are the worst fires California has had since the Oakland Hills fires that killed 25 and destroyed more than 3200 homes over ten years ago.

Update: By late afternoon, the tally is still rising–13 people and 1,100 homes. Below, a crazy look at Southern California from an orbiting satellite showing smoke plumes billowing from the fires. It looks like a fifth of the state is on fire.

Southern California Fires From Space

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