The Raging Wildfires in California


Photo courtesy of: Mercury News

Lakshmi Katravulapalli, Staff Reporter

Recently the wildfires in California have been escalating and creating unfixable damage. The New York Times has reported more than 20 cases of raging fires in the past few months. A recent incident during Labor Day weekend, September 6, has left a devastating impact to Sierra National Forest in California.  

Approximately 200 people were camping out in a common campground area in Sierra National Forest. Many did not know the fires were slowly closing in on them. Then, in the middle of the night, they suddenly found themselves trapped within a big cloud of smoke and fire. Eventually military helicopters helped rescue the trapped campers safely onto ground. Many say it was a traumatic life-impacting experience that they would never forget for the rest of their life. Many also posted clips of escaping the wildlife area on social media and spread the word about the devastating impact of the fire on the campers and the wildlife. 

It has been reported that residents outside of the national forest and more into the suburbs have reported big clouds of smoke and polluted air. The fires have not only affected the wildlife and residents living near the area of the fire spreads, but it has also affected the pollution and greenhouse gases in the air. Residents outside the scene, have said that even though they are a far distance from the wildlife parks, they could still smell heaps of smoke in the air, and weren’t able to breath freely outside. The government of California has started to declare the wildlife fires a state of emergency. 

The MHN (Multi-housing news) has declared that the wildfires of California have ruined approximately “6,522 residences and 260 commercial structures,” and that the price to fix these costly damages was approximately $18 billion. Not only are the fires impacting buildings but also putting lives at risk. The MHN has declared that more than 40 lives were lost to the fight of fire this year, and that firefighter and rescuers have risked their lives to save people from these dangerous and threatening circumstances. The people of California hope that one day they can go outside and not fear the start of a fire.