Red Flag Warning: These California Wildfires Are ‘Among The Most Destructive Fire Events In US History’ And They Are About To Get Even Worse

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Firefighters on the ground trying to slow the spread of a large fire.

The wildfires that are roaring through northern California are already “among the most destructive fire events in U.S. history”, and by the time it is all said and done this could be the worst wildfire season in the history of the state. So far, fires have scorched more than 250 square miles, and more than 3,500 homes and businesses have already been destroyed. The official death toll has risen to 21, but that is expected to rise dramatically because over 600 missing persons reports have been filed with authorities. The worst damage has been done in Napa and Sonoma counties, and you can see some deeply troubling photos of the devastation here and here.

Unfortunately, this crisis is far from over. In fact, the National Weather Service has just issued a pair of “red flag warnings”

The weather forecast is not looking good for those living in wine country, and for those firefighters trying to get a handle on the 22 wildfires raging through Northern California, which broke out Sunday and are barely contained more than three days later.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the North and East bays starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday and midnight on Thursday respectively.

That means winds can gust from 20 mph to 50 mph in the higher elevation areas, fanning the flames down mountains and into the cities.

So as bad as things are at this moment, the truth is that they are going to get even worse over the next 24 hours.

And that is quite sobering to hear, because this is already one of “the most destructive fire events in U.S. history”

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said fire activity increased significantly, destroying more buildings and forcing more mandatory evacuations. The wind-whipped, fast moving cluster of blazes ranks among the most destructive fire events in U.S. history.

“This is a serious, critical, catastrophic event,” Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said. “It’s pure devastation, and it’s going to take a while to get out and comb through all this.”

Of course this crisis comes on the heels of several other major disasters. In recent weeks our nation has had to deal with Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and the Las Vegas shooting, and many have pointed out that the U.S. has not seen a series of disastrous events such as this in a very long time.

It would be hard to overstate the devastation that we have witnessed in northern California so far. In some areas, it literally looks like a war zone

‘It looks like a bombing run here,’ said winemaker Joe Nielsen of Santa Rosa’s Donelan Family Wines, speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle. ‘Just chimneys and burnt-out cars and cooked trees.’

What would you do if your home burned to the ground?

Perhaps you could use the insurance money to rebuild eventually, but what would you do in the meanwhile?

Everywhere you go in northern California the smell of smoke fills the air. At this point it is so bad that even San Francisco is reporting “the worst air quality ever recorded”

“We are reporting the worst air quality ever recorded for smoke in many parts of the Bay Area,” said Tom Flannigan, spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. “This is similar to what you see in Beijing China in bad air days there.”

Soot readings in many areas have reached levels considered very unhealthy or hazardous, air quality regulators said.

And the economic damage that is being done by these fires is going to be felt for many, many years to come.

As the quote below explains, California accounts for approximately 85 percent of the wine production in the United States, and Napa and Sonoma counties are the heart of the wine industry in the state…

Wine industry experts say that even if a winery’s vineyards remain standing, they face steep challenges as their employees struggle with burned or damaged homes. The region counts wine and tourism as top employers, and many workers who pick grapes or work in hotels may be compelled to relocate after losing everything.

Napa and Sonoma counties are home to around 900 wineries (of 4,600 statewide), with most boutique businesses making higher-end wines. The two counties represent 13% of the state’s output. And the state itself supplies 85% of the nation’s wine production, making it the fourth-largest producer of wines after Italy, France and Spain.

Expect the price of wine to go up substantially in the months ahead, and this is going to be a huge hit for one of the most economically prosperous areas of the state. Many of the facilities that have been destroyed will never be rebuilt, and needless to say the tourism industry in northern California will not be the same for a very long time.

But the true extent of the devastation will not be known until the crisis is over, and it looks like the worst chapters may still be ahead. USA Today is reporting that no rain is in the forecast, and strong winds are going to continue to push wildfires very rapidly across the region…

“No rainfall is forecast for ongoing fires in California,” the weather service said. “Strong winds behind the front will bring elevated-to-critical fire weather threats to active fires across northern California today into Thursday.”

Please pray for the people living in northern California. Normally, it is one of the most beautiful areas on the entire planet, but now it is literally being transformed into a complete and total nightmare.

For years, I have been writing about the alarming increase in the intensity of wildfires all over the country. One of the big reasons for this is the fact that the federal government is not properly managing the lands under their control, and so wildfires tend to burn more rapidly on federally-owned lands. It is time for the federal government to start turning over ownership of these lands to the states, and that is something that I plan to fight very hard to accomplish.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on

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  • Sloopofwar

    Prayers are in order.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      True. It isn’t like you could do anything more useless.

      • gabe

        You just did with that comment.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          As did you.

          • gabe

            Nope, you made a clearly useless comment, I notified you of it. there was purpose to my comment, it informed you of your hippocracy.

          • g.johnon

            and now you have informed the rest of us of you lunacy.

  • I guess spraying gigatons of aluminum oxide into the atmosphere, then having that fall on the fauna of earth increasing it’s flammability might just be a bad thing after all eh?

  • Jim

    The fact of the matter is that California burns every year. Goes with the territory. And it will burn again next year, on schedule and on time.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    “Of course this crisis comes on the heels of several other major disasters. In recent weeks our nation has had to deal with Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and the Las Vegas shooting, and many have pointed out that the U.S. has not seen a series of disastrous events such as this in a very long time.” At this moment, all of the team members of HAARP and MK Ultra are high fiving.

  • Zionist Hunter

    Isn’t it time we ban forest fires.

    • New Attitude

      I do believe a “War on Wild Fires” is in order.

      • Mayday911us

        Actually we already have that that’s called smoky the bear.

        The thing about it is we prevented fires but we’d leave it open to massive fires because there is not a fire to clean it out everything dead on the floor of the forest.

        So when we have fires based on arson campfires are going to control lightning they are massive. This is why selective cutting by logging company should still be done.

  • ALberto

    So what is the status of Francis Ford Crappola’s winery?

  • SP_88

    I’m sure it doesn’t help that Nestle is sucking up all the water and selling it out of dry reservoirs while the people who live there are being forced to ration and conserve water. Now California is having a drought, yet they continue to bottle up the water and sell it. Obviously this isn’t the cause of it, but I don’t think it’s helping.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      All of the water sequestered in bottles – water, soda, beer, energy drinks, you name it – is water that is no longer “in the system.”
      I wonder how many billions of gallons that is?

      • g.johnon

        that water is in the human hydration system. probably many billions of gallons over a years time. but the really groovy thing about water is that it is 100% recyclable never does a drop leave the planet.

        • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

          Love this site! Explains a host of things and exposes many of the lies we’ve been told from the so called environmental movement.

          • g.johnon

            it tends to shred the crap out of a lot of once “sacred” idealisms as well.
            what could be more fun?

      • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor
        Check this site out-great stuff!

      • SP_88

        Good point. The water is obvious. But I never thought about all the other beverages that also contain mostly water. And that makes a very big difference.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    GIANT Red Flag ALERT:

  • Jimmy Yost

    Well, it’s hard to know how much of this article to believe seeing as how it was written by Micael Snyder who is a hand-wringing sensationalist like Gary Franchi (Next News Network) who will stretch the truth as far as it can possibly be stretched and then some in order to draw attention to himself. As for the wild fires, I have a grandson who lives about fifty miles east of the lead front of the fire storm and is thus far safe from having his house burned down. He said that