The Jesusita fire north of Santa Barbara, California has destroyed twenty homes and prompted the evacuation of at least 13,000. This sentence will be re-written dozens of times in the weeks ahead with different details, but wildfire will be the consistent cause.
Arson is suspected in the current blaze. The BBC quotes a county fire official, “We are in a state of emergency. We’re running very, very thin.” We should expect to hear variations of the quote as well.
The Los Angeles Daily News aptly headlines, “Santa Barbara fire signals horrific season ahead.” Beginning in April this blog has given regular attention to the broader scientific and policy implications of wildfire. Following are three relevant links:
The photograph was provided by AFP via the BBC, more photographs are available through the BBC link above.