California’s 2017 wildfire season will go down as one of the worst in the state’s history, thanks to unusual late-season activity and multiple record-shattering blazes.
From Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017, over 9,000 fires burned more than 1.2 million acres, an increase from the previous year which brought 6,986 fires burning around 564,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.
The total acreage in 2017 included nearly 300,000 acres burned solely by Thomas Fire, which grew to the largest wildfire in state history in late December.
The Thomas Fire, which remains active as of Jan. 3, has burned 281,893 acres and is over 90 percent contained. The blaze began back on Dec. 4 in Ventura County and exploded in growth thanks to strong Santa Ana winds. It has destroyed over 1,000 structures and claimed two lives.
While the Thomas Fire became the largest California wildfire in recorded history, it was also the seventh-most destructive, in terms of number of structures destroyed, according to Cal Fire. However, two months prior to the Thomas Fire, a new record was set for most destructive wildfire in state history.
In October, the Tubbs Fire, which charred over 36,000 acres in the state’s wine country, destroyed 5,643 structures and claimed 22 lives in Sonoma and Napa counties. The number of structures destroyed from the Tubbs Fire alone is more than half of the 10,780 total structures lost to wildfire in 2017 statewide. The 22 deaths also make it the third deadliest wildfire on record in California.
Due to losses in homes, business closures, firefighting and rehabilitation costs and several other factors, AccuWeather predicted in early December that the total cost from the California wildfire season in 2017 will reach $180 billion.
How long, how long, how long must you try the patience of the Creator? How long must you try the patience of the Redeemer? I shall stomp MY foot on the ground and everything that can be shaken will be shaken; everything that can be uprooted will be uprooted. I shall shake up your politicians and I don’t care what country you’re in, you’re no longer going to look to a government to provide. MY Children’s going to know there is but One provider. It’s the same One that poured water from a rock, that put manna on the ground. It is the same One that says I will supply all of your needs according to MY riches in Glory [Phil. 4:19]. And I have no lack in Glory. In MY fury I breathed upon not only the United States but in various parts of the world MY hot breathe. Temperatures rose as MY temper rose. Droughts came as MY Living Water was refused.
California, Phoenix Arizona, Montana, Canada and all over the world you have felt the heat of MY wrath one way or another. Why do you not put your Creator and Savior first in your life and love? Why do you love your homes more than the Creator that gave you your homes land wealth and possessions? Do you not realize how not only did the fires come but how many lives I spared because of MY mercy and love? This is only a sample of what is to come before the Great Tribulation. Get your priorities straight now before it is too late. (Deut 9:3)
When you hear a voice say, “YAHUVEH wouldn’t do that,” just know this, oh yes I will. Do not underestimate MY power. Do not underestimate MY anger for it’s been building up as a raging inferno. It has caused hell to get so much hotter. They talk about global warming, the very flames of hell warm this earth. Combined with that which is buried and hidden in the coldest part of the earth. Combine all this with manmade pollution, chemicals in the air, for it is more than one.