No, this doesn't look good, does it?
500,000 ordered to flee California's 'perfect firestorm'
Howling winds and extreme drought fuelled uncontrollable wildfires across Southern California for the third day in a row Tuesday, as the blazes engulfed hundreds of homes in what one fire official called the "perfect firestorm."
About 750 homes across the state have been reduced to ashes as the relentless Santa Ana desert winds continue to fan the 16 major blazes, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told reporters Tuesday afternoon...
Gale-force Santa Ana winds, some gusting to 110 km/h, are fuelling the flames. The desert winds, which sweep through Southern California's canyons in the fall and winter, are stronger than normal and turning already parched scrubland into tinder.
"This is some of the most rapid fire spread that I've seen in my career," Capt. Don Camp with California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection told CBC Newsworld on the telephone from San Diego.
"The winds, the low humidity and the unseasonably warm temperatures for this time of year have all created a perfect firestorm," he added.
Just a coincidence? Some people think not:
Expert: Warming Climate Fuels Mega-Fires
Every year you can count on forest fires in the West like hurricanes in the East, but recently there has been an enormous change in Western fires. In truth, we've never seen anything like them in recorded history. It appears we're living in a new age of mega-fires -- forest infernos ten times bigger than the fires we're used to seeing.
No problems, though, as crazy-assed, Canadian dingbat Kate McMillan has another picture of a temperature gauge somewhere. In the idiotsphere, this is apparently what passes for a rebuttal.