Wildfire Destroys Dozens of Homes in California
Posted by feww on December 17, 2013
Wildfire raging out of control in Big Sur, California
Hundreds of fire crews are trying to control a fast moving wildfire in Big Sur, California that had consumed more than 600 acres by late Monday, local time.
The raging blaze forced scores of other residents to flee the Los Padres National Forest near state Highway 1. One of the homes destroyed by the blaze belonged to Big Sur Fire Chief, reports said.
In 2008, the Basin Complex Fire forced an eight-day evacuation of Big Sur and closure of Highway 1. The fire consumed more than 130,000 acres (530 km²), destroying about 30 homes.
Daily High Temperatures Tied, or Broken in SoCal
Meantime, unseasonably warm weather in southern California, created by high pressure, broke or tied temperature records from Santa Barbara to Riverside counties on Monday, said the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Santa Barbara Airport: 82 degrees, tying the record set in 1980
- Los Angeles International Airport: 85 degrees, tying daily record set in 1980
- San Gabriel: 89 degrees (32ºC), the warmest temperature in the U.S.
- Lake Elsinore: 88 degrees, breaking the record set in 1980 by one degree
[Low Temperature for Monday December 16, 2013: -29 degrees (-34ºC) at Crane Lake, MN — as received by 1 am EST December 17-