California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfires ever
A power line catches fire as the Woolsey fire burns on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, on November 9th.
PHOTO CREDIT: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian
Wildfires in California are still blazing, both in the north near San Francisco and in the south near Los Angeles. In the north, it has been called the “Camp Fire” and is only 65% contained at the moment. Death tolls have risen to 81, with over 800 people still missing, making it the state’s deadliest and most destructive fire ever.
Near LA, the fires have forced residents to evacuate and have even destroyed the homes of celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Gerard Butler.
Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LAFD. If you can, support these brave men and women at https://t.co/ei7c7F7cZx. pic.twitter.com/AcBcLtKmDU
— Gerard Butler (@GerardButler) November 11, 2018
Climate change has made forests drier and warmer, making conditions more favorable for wildfires in California. Since 1970, temperatures in the west have actually increased by about double the global average. This has increased the wildfire season by several months by drying out forests and making them more prone to wildfires.
"Every time I come to California I say this is the worst fire I’ve seen. Once again this is the absolute worst. Worse than any war zone I saw in Iraq. The heroism of firefighters is amazing." ~ Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior via Wall of Us