Wildfire Season

Added on by Loren Elliott.

Following four years of intense drought in the Golden State, 2015 is shaping up to be a hellish wildfire season. It is only August 3, and the governor has already declared a state of emergency because of the number of fires burning across California. Late August and September are traditionally the worst times for fires, so things will likely only get worse. Below are some frames from my recent coverage of the Wragg Fire in Solano County and Rocky Fire in Lake County. 

Firefighters from a hot-shot crew battle the Wragg Fire west of Pleasants Valley Road in western Solano County, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Firefighters from a hot-shot crew battle the Wragg Fire west of Pleasants Valley Road in western Solano County, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Firefighters from a hot-shot crew battle the Wragg Fire west of Pleasants Valley Road in western Solano County, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Firefighters from a hot-shot crew battle the Wragg Fire west of Pleasants Valley Road in western Solano County, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Firefighters from a hot-shot crew battle the Wragg Fire west of Pleasants Valley Road in western Solano County, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Firefighters from a hot-shot crew battle the Wragg Fire west of Pleasants Valley Road in western Solano County, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Firefighter Cody Morris is seen while taking a short break from tying together fire lines as mop-up duty along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. By clearing brush, highly-flammable areas can be contained. Morris' strike crew traveled to the Rocky Fire from headquarters at the Salyer Forest Service Guard Station in Salyer, Calif. 

Firefighter Cody Morris is seen while taking a short break from tying together fire lines as mop-up duty along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. By clearing brush, highly-flammable areas can be contained. Morris' strike crew traveled to the Rocky Fire from headquarters at the Salyer Forest Service Guard Station in Salyer, Calif. 

The Rocky Fire blazes towards homes on Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. 

The Rocky Fire blazes towards homes on Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. 

Mary Klemish comforts her horse as the Rock Fire blazes behind her home on Morgan Valley Road just out of Lower Lake, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Klemish was forced to evacuate. 

Mary Klemish comforts her horse as the Rock Fire blazes behind her home on Morgan Valley Road just out of Lower Lake, Calif., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Klemish was forced to evacuate. 

Mary Klemish and Bill Mederios leave Klemish's home on Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., while being evacuated by firefighters Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The Rocky Fire burned to within yards of the home, but it survived the night's blaze. 

Mary Klemish and Bill Mederios leave Klemish's home on Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., while being evacuated by firefighters Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The Rocky Fire burned to within yards of the home, but it survived the night's blaze. 

 Firefighters battle the Rocky Fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Friday, July 31, 2015.

 Firefighters battle the Rocky Fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Friday, July 31, 2015.

Firefighters battle the Rocky Fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Friday, July 31, 2015.

Firefighters battle the Rocky Fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Friday, July 31, 2015.

The remains of a destroyed home are seen off Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. 

The remains of a destroyed home are seen off Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.