Drought means no end to fire season

The worst drought in California’s recorded history means, among other things, that fire season is never over.

Residents of the Mono county town of Swall Meadows learned that the hard way this weekend.

A wind-driven fire along the eastern slops of the Sierra Navada ravaged communities in its wake and led to the evacuation of about 250 residents. Authorities still don’t know when those residents may be able to return home.

The fire started Friday afternoon near a highway on the border of Inyo and Mono counties. It spread due to  50 to 75 mph winds that whipped through wooded areas near the two communities for about three hours.

At least 40 homes were destroyed in the fire.