California is on fire…again

Residents are having to flee their homes.

Firefighter trying to put out the fire.

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Firefighter trying to put out the fire.

By Minou De Los Santos, Staff writer

California is on fire a year after the deadliest wildfire last year. There have been many fires in California over the past year, but they haven’t been as deadly and destructive as the one going on now and the major fire from last year.

The fires started on Saturday, Oct 26 early in the morning causing people to evacuate at around 2:00 am. There are currently 11 fires in California, but two of them are the most destructive, those being the Kincade fire in northern California and the tick fire in Santa Clarita. It has been reported that there will be a strong gust of wind with the possibility of spreading the fires to Los Angeles. In total, nearly 200 homes and structures have been destroyed by just these two fires and still continue to do so. Also, due to the fires, there will be blackouts with nearly two million people without power.

Residents are devastated that they have to flee their homes and that the fires are more frequent.

“This, unfortunately, is now California’s normal,” said Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Kincade fire has burned up to 77,758 acres in just a week and a half resulting in over 180 homes being obliterated. There are now 14 wildfires burning at the same time around all of California. Schools in the Los Angeles area still remain closed due to the ability to get transportation to and from school and the danger there is.

The winds that are causing the fires to spread are so strong that they made around five trailers turn over on the highway. Many people have returned to their homes just to find out it isn’t there anymore.

First responders have been working non stop trying to put the fires out and making sure residents evacuate on time and are safe.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” incident commander Chad Cook said.