California Wildfires

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One of the many California Wildfires.

One of the many California Wildfires.

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One of the many California Wildfires.

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In early October many wildfires ignited in Northern California, killing 40 people and destroyed over 5,700 properties. There were seven major fires: Cascade/La Porte fires, Atlas Fire, Sulphur fire, Nuns fire, Tubbs fire, Pocket fire and Redwood fire.

Redwood fire spread across 35,800 acres. This fire killed 8 people and destroyed many buildings. The other fires causing death include Atlas Fire which caused six deaths and the Cascade fire which caused four deaths. The Tubbs fire caused 22 deaths which makes it one of the deadliest wildfires in California history.

The other fires that caused death include Atlas Fire which caused six deaths and the Cascade fire which caused four deaths. The Tubbs fire caused 22 deaths which makes it one of the deadliest wildfires in California history.

The smallest of these fires was Pocket fire which spread over 11,889 acres and the biggest fire, Atlas fire, spread over 51,064 acres. There were many damaged trees due to these events as well as many deaths, missing people, and thousands of homes were destroyed.

The fires all started on either October 8 and October 9. There were over 11,000 firefighters working over the weekend to contain these massive forest fires.

Apparently this tragedy stretches the classification of “natural disaster”. Umair Irfan, a writer for Vox he says, “since human activities have exacerbated their likelihood, their extent, and their damage. Deliberate decisions and unintended consequences of urban development over decades have turned many parts of the state into a tinderbox.”

If wildfires get close to residential areas, it makes the wildfire extraordinary due to the damage of houses, property and even people. “since human activities have exacerbated their likelihood, their extent, and their damage. Deliberate decisions and unintended consequences of urban development over decades have turned many parts of the state into a tinderbox.”

Wildfires spread so drastically because when it starts small, it is less noticeable. The wind then feeds the fire and spreads it across the forest causing it to quickly become out of hand. Wildfires can start from lightning or heat from the sun; but more often than not, wildfires start from human carelessness and accidents. It is unknown how these wildfires started.

This year is one of California’s windiest years which makes the wildfires some of the worst in history. The wind spreads the fire quickly and they have destroyed more than any other wildfire.

If you’d like to donate to charity to help the victims of the fire, view the link below.

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5456

 

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