Experts Unsure Why Destructive Wildfires – More Typical of SoCal – Are Burning in NorCal

A flag is draped on a burned truck in the fire-devastated Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa on October 14, 2017. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

A flag is draped on a burned truck in the fire-devastated Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa on October 14, 2017. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Block after block of tidy housing tracts reduced to heaps of ash. Death counts in the double digits. Homeowners numbly poking through the ruins of domestic life.

California has seen this before.

But the harrowing images of loss and destruction usually come out of the south.

“These kinds of fires and the losses are very uncharacteristic of that part of the world,” University of California fire specialist Max Moritz said of the firestorm that ignited in Northern California last week, killing dozens of people and torching thousands of homes.

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