Fall weather continues to show signs winter is close at hand. On the Eastern Seaboard, high winds, thunderstorms and tornadoes knocked out power to 420,000 customers. And nearly the same number have been displaced on the opposite coast as Santa Ana winds whip up wildfires.

Paul Yeager has the story.

Wildfires are sweeping across California, sending thousands from their homes. Fires burned in several regions of the state with some outbreaks adjacent to major metropolitan areas north of Los Angles. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in nearby Simi Valley, was threatened by the blaze.

The largest fire in the Golden State is sweeping across wine country in Sonoma and Napa Counties. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the Kincade blaze has grown to more than 76,000 acres in size. In an attempt to reduce the fire danger, Pacific Gas and Electric has cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers.

For 2019, 4.5 million acres have been scorched in 44,000 fires. That’s less than half of last year’s reach at this same date and the smallest amount of acres burned since 2014 – behind the 10-year average pace.

Conversely, a pair of winter storms delayed the already slow harvest of 2019. Snow left only a small trace on some acres, but other operations were stopped in their tracks and will take a few days to get back in the field.

The 2019 harvest for soybeans is 16 points off the 5-year pace while corn is 20 points behind the average.

For Market to Market, I’m Paul Yeager.

Contact: Paul.Yeager@iptv.ort