Each year around the middle of October, the Santa Ana Winds, begin to blow. Generally these winds come in 3-day spurts, occasionally back to back or 6-days. The first major Santa Ana winds are a warning of things to come. The winds are a dry hot heat, sometimes sporting 100 plus degrees. This further dries out vegetation in Southern California from the long hot summers. You can get additional information at what causes the spread of a wild fire
Santa Ana Winds or the East Winds are extremely dangerous due to the wildfires that coincide with their strength. If you consider the fire science “fire triangles” then you know that hot air or heat is one major part of the equation. Indeed, so is fuel for the fire to burn, that of course comes in the dried brush, which surrounds the desert plains and mountains surrounding Southern California. Yes, we have all seen the deadly fires on our TV sets each year and we can expect this year to be no different. Unfortunately, most of these big fires come from carelessness or worse arson. Either way once these fires get going there is little that can stop them, as they grow fast and move fast. Luckily, fire fighters are on call and ready to go, with some of the best equipment and training anywhere on the planet. It takes huge resources to fight these fires and we all must be diligent with prevention efforts. No throwing cigarettes out the window, and watch out for suspicious behavior too. California fire season is in full-swing and that hot air is blowing in.