Firefighters in the Los Angeles area had their hands full after a fire broke out last week in the hills above Glendora, California. The Colby Fire began after 3 men lit an illegal campfire last week, and the blaze was quickly fanned by Santa Ana Winds. Authorities were on high alert due to the severe drought, and currently the fire is expected to be fully contained today.
The incredibly dry chaparral and other vegetation in the region is extremely prone to burning, and drought relief is nowhere in the near-term forecast. Until a Pacific winter storm finally rolls into Southern California, fire danger will remain very high. Most areas have not seen a drop of rain since the beginning or middle of December. Typically, January is one of the wettest months in California, and crucial for replenishing the water supply.
Based on the stubborn ridge of high pressure over the west coast that has dominated the weather pattern this winter, it would be a surprise to see a drastic shift anytime soon. Still, We are crossing our fingers for a very wet Spring in California. Otherwise, water concerns will continue to grow as this dangerous situation continues to develop.