Death Toll Rises in California’s Most Recent Wildfire

The most recent wildfire in California occurred on Nov. 8. This wildfire has affected countless people and is the deadliest wildfire in California history.

“More than 200,000 people have been evacuated due to the Woolsey Fire burning in Malibu and the San Fernando Valley; the nearby Hill fire has burned more than 6,000 acres,” said Mother Jones.

Two wildfires occurred within 24 hours: Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire.

“Authorities said late Thursday the death toll from California’s Camp Fire has risen to 6, bringing the statewide count to 66. In addition, more than 600 people have now been reported missing, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s office,” said CBS News.

Several DNA samples are being demanded in order to expedite the identification process.

This devastating fire did not only take lives but left people homeless, many people taking refuge at Walmart. Over 500 buildings were destroyed in Malibu, Los Angeles, and Topanga.

In addition, several celebrities were forced to evacuate due to the outbreak, including the Kardashians, Lady Gaga and Orlando Bloom.

Furthermore, the Bachelor Mansion was damaged by the fire as well.

“The iconic Agoura Hills home used on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette was in the path of the fast-moving Woosley blaze,” said Entertainment Weekly.

Wildfires have always been extremely common in California, due to its vegetation and climate. The main factors that usually cause these wildfires is the environment and droughts.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “Preceding California’s 2018 wildfires were some of the state’s hottest temperatures ever. July 2018 marked California’s hottest month in recorded history at 79.7 degrees Fahrenheit.”

As the population has grown, more people have moved into hazardous areas, which has caused more of the death and destruction during these most recent fires.

“And as for Trump’s vague threat to cut “Fed payments,” his administration is already ahead of him. Earlier this year, it proposed slashing federal funding for studying and preventing wildfires,” said Mother Jones.

Trump claims that there is no reason for deadly forest fires because of the generous donations given each year and blames it on defective management, as stated in Los Angeles Times.

In reflecting on this traumatic event, people need to acknowledge that how we treat our Earth affects how it treats us.

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