Hot, Dry, Windy Conditions Are Perfect Recipe for Fires
With record high temperatures and one of the driest Los Angeles winters in 135 years, officials fear Thursday’s Springs Fire in Camarillo is just a preview of what’s to come
“You can smell smoke and we are… We’re like 15 miles away now. So it’s kind of scary,” said Ashish Engineer, a Thousand Oaks resident.
According to the national weather service, Camarillo set a record high at 96 degrees on Thursday.
Woodland Hills was still 93 degrees at 5 p.m., as 9-year-old Joseph Palacios was trying to play soccer at a local park.
“I’ve been sweating all day,” he said.
A Buena Park resident sent KTLA a picture of a thermometer measuring in at 100 degrees — from the shade of his porch.
As people cooled down any way they could, the National Weather Service said the temperatures hitting Los Angeles are what we’d typically see in July or August.
“It feels like it’s midday and it’s late in the evening already, so it feels hot. And the wind is like super high wind coming at us,” Engineer said.
“It just feels a little weird,” he remarked. “It’s tough to play sports out here.”
And it’s exceptionally dry. The L.A. Times reports that, since January 1, downtown L.A. has had less than 2 inches of rain. Eleven inches is the norm.
Mix the dry heat with the early Santa Ana winds, and one expert described it to the Times as remarkable, unusual, and incendiary.
–Christina Pascucci, KTLA News