Even Rain Offers No Respite for California

As wildfires raged across the state last week, Northern California’s air quality was the worst in the world, topping cities in China and India that are notorious for smog, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire California has ever seen, isn’t expected to be fully contained until late this month. But rainfall expected this week could offer some relief, and pose fresh dangers, CNN reported.

4-6 inches of rain forecast this week would give firefighters a boost and help clear unhealthy smoke suspended over Northern California. But with scant vegetation left to absorb the rain, precipitation poses a fresh threat of mudslides. Debris flows could also hamper the search for the remains of missing people, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. The storm and accompanying winds will also pose difficulties for hundreds of evacuees known to be sheltering in tents and cars.

California’s spate of epic wildfires have already killed 70+ people, left 1,000+ missing and scorched 150,000 acres.

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