Wildland fires can continue to smolder long after open flames have disappeared. In areas of high winds, some public utility providers had shut off power to prevent downed or damaged power lines from sparking.

Parts of California has been suffering weeks of severe drought conditions, and the remainder is considered abnormally dry. Winter snowfall and rain have been significantly lower.

Meteorologist and climate journalist, Eric Holthaus, tweeted: “Dozens of new fire starts today in California with winds gusting above 70mph and humidity down to summertime levels.

Read more here: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/california-wildfires-winter-climate-change-b1789701.html