SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Fire season is far from over with a "high" fire danger on the Central Coast.
Elite "Hot Shot" firefighting teams from across the state, country and even as far away as Australia continue to work to gain the upper hand on the multiple fires burning in northern California.
At the same time, "Cause and Origin Investigators" are combing the charred landscape in the disaster zone looking for whatever they can find.
It could be weeks or even months before we know how and where the northern California fires started.
"We are not going to have a lot of extra information to talk about over the weeks to come as they go through this painstaking process", said CalFire Director Ken Pimlott at California OES headquarters in Sacramento, "it's very technical, all these things, clues, information can be consumed in a fire. Experts have to go through a lot of work forensically to get there."
Some damage estimates from the fires in Sonoma County alone are in the billions of dollars.
The threat of wildfires remains everywhere in California so long as there's high temperatures, low humidity and strong, gusty winds.
"We're coming out of six years of drought, even though we had a wet winter, we had a massively hot summer", said California Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci, "it made a fuel bed but then it dried out all of that and then the effects of the six years of drought still exist."
"When you see these winds, and it takes one event, and the wind starts blowing, and we're talking about hurricane force winds, you could put ten thousand firefighters on the ground in front of that and you're not going to stop that type of wind-driven fire", Ghilarducci added.
Fire officials are pointing to some badly needed help from the weather with rain in the forecast later this week for the Central Coast and for the fire disaster zone in northern California.