Unfortunately, the Skirball Fire is expected to worsen before it gets better, with LA Fire Department Capt. Cody Weireter telling the LA Times: "You’ve got heavy, heavy brush, you’ve got the dryness -- obviously, we haven’t had any rain at all. A lot of the fire is topography-driven, which already becomes dangerous. The wind is going to increase that twofold.”
NASA makes similar conclusions, writing that Santa Ana wins pouring into the hills are likely to crest upwards of 70mph before the week is over.
"Winds in the area could reach 70 mph and this would have a devastating effect on the fire's movement. The fire has consumed over 50,000 acres at present as it jumped over Highway 101 and moved towards the Pacific Ocean. Hundreds of homes and structures have been destroyed in this latest round of wildfires in California," the space agency wrote citing satellite data.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing up state government funds to help fight the blaze.