Deadly California Wildfires Persist

Angela Orlando, Entertainment Editor

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In mid November, the unprecedented wildfires in the town of Paradise, northeast of San Francisco, caused immense wreckage and claimed a historical amount of lives. With the death toll totaling 56 as of November 15th, and an initial count of missing persons to be nearly 200, this is easily the worst natural disaster the state has experienced in decades.

As early as November 8th, the Camp Fire struck outside of Paradise and residents were quickly encouraged to evacuate and plan for the coming disaster. However, the intensity of said event could not have been prepared for. Having charred nearly 140,000 acres and rendering the appearance of the town to be that of a war zone, the Camp Fire destroyed thousands of homes, took tens of lives, and called for an extensive amount of help from paramedics and other emergency providers. Residents recall the struggle of escaping the non-breathable air and attempting to survive with their families.

At the same time, west of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire ignited and forced over 200,000 to evacuate their homes. The Hill Fire in Ventura County also emerged, yet was fortunately contained soon after. Woolsey’s impact destroyed many iconic structures and architecture in the area, as well as permanently damaging trails of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. President Donald Trump responded to the wreckage, threatening to cease federal assistance in California unless it improves its “gross mismanagement of the forests.” Firemen of the area claim that California’s conditions happened to be abnormally high and beyond preparation or maintenance.

While the fires are actively being contained and reparations are taking place for families affected by the tragedy, there is still major devastation plaguing the area about hopes for improvement. With increased assistance and attention toward the events, the state of California and its impacted residents should heal in the coming months.

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