Updates from the Recent California Wildfire
December 20, 2018
Dry weather, hot winds, and human error combine to create disasters that consume everything in its path – trees, homes, and even people themselves. The state of California is infamous for these dangerous wildfires, experiencing thousands per year. The Camp Fire (2018), that ignited on November 8th near Pulga, a community in Butte County within the Plumas National Forest, is now the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in all of California history. So far, it has destroyed over 10,000 structures and taken the lives of 79 people, the number of missing civilians docking at a staggering 699. The fire itself has scorched more than 142,000 acres, an area more than four times the size of San Francisco. While the exact source of the fire has not yet been determined by investigators, it wouldn’t be shocking if the fault lied within human error. Simply from the action of tossing cigarettes to the ground, people are often the ones to blame for adding fuel to the flames. However, one thing that is known for certain is that the onslaught of wildfires will not cease from this point forward. It is another tragedy seared into history, it layed a bare foundation for the inevitable upcoming disasters. In fact, the number of wildfires is expected to worsen in the near future. Will the constant flame eventually fizzle out over time? Possibly. But as for now, the burn marks embedded in California will always remain.