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The Fires of L.A.

Zach Scheel

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Early Wednesday, a raging wildfire closed part of highways near Los Angeles’ Bel Air area. This fire covered 475 acres, and caused more than 45,000 people to affected by evacuations. This is just one of the many wildfires that California faces, threatening people’s everyday lives. Firefighters are updated with a “brush burning index report” every day, and as of December 7th, it has reached 296, the highest California has ever faced. To put that in perspective, if the report reaches above 165, it is considered extremely dangerous.

Other areas affected by these raging fires include the 90,000 acre fire in Ventura County. The fire has burned at a rate of an acre per second, and continues to spread. Ventura recently declared a daily curfew from 10pm-5am to try and ensure that no robbing was happening in evacuation areas. Looting is the least of Ventura’s worries, as 12,000 homes remain threatened by flames. Even in areas away from the flames, people were still welcomed with smoke and ash traveling through the air, causing a health concern for many.

Many people at Hamilton who have previously lived in California feel bad for all the families affected. Christiana Hurtado says “I’m extremely sad to see some of the places I’ve visited in California just reduced to ash and rubble”. Juliet Hurtado added “I couldn’t imagine what these families are going through, and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of them”. Although the destruction is devastating, California will bounce back and stay strong, it’s the American way.

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