California In Flames

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California In Flames

Jocelynn Veliz, Staff Writer

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The Butte County fire started on November 7th of 2018, and was later coined the Camp Fire. An additional fire sprung up soon after in Southern California and was dubbed the Woolsey Fire.

The Camp Fire burned over 150,000 acres of the county. The fire has been 100% contained and 3 firefighters were injured in the process. The fire sadly burned down 18,000 structures, including 13,700 homes. As of now, 85 people have been pronounced dead and hundreds of people are missing.

The Woolsey Fire quickly spread from Los Angeles County to nearby Ventura County. This fire touched 96,949 acres and destroyed 1,500. Compared to the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire only claimed 3 lives. 3 firefighters were injured trying to contain it.

The Woolsey Fire has threatened and destroyed the homes of people whose names one might recognize. While some celebrities decided to flee to other locations, for the time being, others decided to contribute to the community through donations. Miley Cyrus and her fiance, Liam Hemsworth, have donated $500,000 to the cause. Lady Gaga delivered pizza and several gift cards to evacuation centers. Along with Miley Cyrus, a well-known company, Disney, has donated $500,000 to recovery efforts. Various citizens that have been impacted by the fire have also donated money, food, and clothes to those who have lost their homes due to the fire. Along with people’s homes being lost, many animals have sadly lost their homes and lives as well. Those who lived in the affected communities decided to tie some of their animals to the lifeguard towers on the nearby beaches, in an attempt to save their lives. Unfortunately, the air quality was too unhealthy for the animals, and they perished.

Now that the fires have been fully contained and recovery efforts are in full swing, people are eternally grateful to the brave firefighters who risked their lives to save those in danger.

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