Currently in Los Angeles — May 18th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Another overcast morning with a mostly sunny afternoon

Los Angeles’s weather is back into its late spring routine of cloudy mornings and sunny afternoons. You can expect Wednesday, and the next few days, to begin with mild weather in the 60’s. I stay cozy in my blankets with my tower fan caressing my cheek, as if it’s winter, and try to sleep in as late as I can, maximizing the amount of sunshine in my waking moments.

If you can keep hitting snooze until 11 (I’m sure you don’t’ have that luxury, though,) you’ll only see sunshine, light cloud coverage, and highs around 77°F.  Those temperatures will dip back into the 60’s around dinner time, and hit a low around 55°F after midnight. Expect clouds to thicken around 10pm so that Thursday can repeat our weather pattern.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

As climate change and global warming grows, homes in the East Coast are facing an increasing risk of wildfires during the next 30 years.

Anyone renting or buying a house could, historically, look up its flood risk. However, for wildfire risks, homeowners were on their own. But now, thanks to a report and accompanying wildfire risk model produced by nonprofit First Street Foundation – which is the nation’s first and only property specific wildfire risk model – there is now information about wildfire risk across the lower 48 states.

The map also reveals wildfire intensity and how the risk will change as the environment continues to warm. The “Fire Factor” risk score will be included in residential real estate listing sites, like realtor.com, making the information more accessible to homeowners across the nation.

To create the report and map tools, the nonprofit ran computer models and simulated how wildfire spreads across different landscapes under different conditions.

The report finds about 80 million properties are at some level of wildfire risk during the next 30 years. 20.2 million properties face a “moderate” risk, or up to a 6 percent risk of a wildfire. 6 million properties face a “major” risk, or 6-14 percent risk of a wildfire, while about 1.5 million properties face “extreme risk,” or more than 26 percent risk. A total of 49.4 million properties face a “minor” risk, or a less than 1 percent chance of experiencing a wildfire over the next three decades.

According to the report, states like California, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Oklahoma are among the states most at risk of a wildfire. But, the Midwest and East Coast are also facing an increasing risk, as climate change spreads.

But, according to experts, there are steps that homeowners can take to make their homes safer against fire risks, like using fire-resistant building materials, removing vegetation or debris from the roof, windows and deck and making sure that all combustible materials are 30 feet away from the house, to name a few.

And now, you can know your wildfire risk too.

— Aarohi Sheth