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Wildfires in CA

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Wildfires in CA

Amanda Martino, Production Manager/Senior Reporter/editor

 

It has only been a matter of weeks since an intense surge of hurricanes swept areas of the United States and its neighboring countries. Regarding the outbreak of wildfires in California, there has unfortunately already been another natural disaster taking place.  

California has been known to produce more wildfires than the average state; however, it is not known precisely what makes them so common there.  National Geographic reports that there are “three conditions that must be present in order for a wildfire to burn. Firefighters refer to it as the fire triangle: fuel, oxygen, and a heat source.”

There has been a total of 16 wildfires in California in the month of October alone.  Of these 16, an astounding 10 of them caused damages such as death or destroying buildings and homes alike.  The fatalities reported for October alone is a little under 100.  Thousands have lost their homes, workplaces, and local forests to these treacherous overtakings.  And while not all people have passed away, many have sustained serious injuries and while not all places have been destroyed, many have been left severely damaged.  

The substantial area these monstrosities has covered is explanatory of the detriment it has caused the Golden State. The largest fire of August, and the past three months, reached the multitude of over 75,000 acres of land.  Wildfire “Eclipse Complex” took place August 15th and has yet to be surpassed.  Wiping out just over 55,000 acres, “Nuns” took place October 30th, marking the month’s largest to date.

However, majority of the fires that take place do manage to be concealed, if not, almost contained by fire departments. Around 95% of the wildfires that have taken place between April and November have been contained and have spared the distress of many.

Such an outbreak was not anticipated by California residents due to the unpredictable nature of this specific type of natural disaster.  Since there is no real way to predict these wildfires, especially at this rapid pace, there is no way to prevent them or reduce the intensity of them. Meteorologists have been working to find ways to trace back wildfires in hope of finding a way to know they’re coming and how to reduce or subdue them.

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