Fires are part of nature and occur with regularity around the globe. Climatologists predict that climate change will either create more severe droughts, heat waves, and wildfires, or they will be more widespread. But this recent satellite image is incredible: over 800 wildfires in Northern California alone! What would have been a clear blue summer day in San Francisco was obscured by a haze of smoke.
NOAA continually makes near term predictions. This summer, they predict that the severe southeastern drought will get somewhat better, but we here in California will see our drought worsen. Therefore, we expect more heat waves inland (and more fog in San Francisco!), and more wildfires.