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Hurricane Jimena, with its 135 mile-per-hour winds, is barreling toward the Mexican peninsula of Baja California, and will likely head north after it makes landfall. Meanwhile, wildfires are raging east of Los Angeles, threatening thousands of homes. Is there a chance the hurricane could put out the fires?
Still, the rain from Jimena might help a little, as the region has been abnormally dry this year. "There is a chance that there could be some humidity that could help with the firefighting," John Heil, a spokesman for the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, told the Bright Green Blog over the phone.
But even this isn't very likely. The forecasting service AccuWeather describes the odds that moisture from the storm could reach Southern California as "not a zero percent chance." Not exactly a sure thing.
"If Jimena's moisture is able to spread into the region, it would be a great benefit. However, it would take a couple of events like this to really make a difference," said AccuWeather meteorologist Heather Buchman.