California devastation

LeeAnn Laub, Section Reporter

Fires in California have always come and gone, but recently the biggest and deadliest fires have broken out and the cause is unknown. Nearly 600,000 acres have burned, taking more than 13,000 firefighters to help fight and more than 2,300 members of the National Guard. Three main fires have been terrorizing California, the Woolsey Fire, Hill Fire, and the most recent Camp Fire.
Camp Fire began on November 8, 2018 and has scorched more than 117,000 acres of Northern California town of Paradise. It’s destroyed more than 7,000 structures, including 6,453 single-family residences. Woolsey has burned more than 93,000 acres, and destroyed at least 435 structures. 7,579 fires total burned in California just in 2018. Camp fire has been contained with a total death count of 88 people. It took 17 days to fight off the fire, with three straight days of rain that helped the firefighters contain it finally. Now people must work on repairing destroyed homes and clear roads from debris and powerlines.
President Donald Trump commented on the fires on November 10, 2018, on Twitter. He said, “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”