California wildfires


Malibu’s coast was covered in smoke and many houses were burned down.

Sara Mount, Staff Writer

California has always had a history of fires due to its dry hot climate, but recently the fires have been like nothing before. The fire blazed through northern California, burning up homes, businesses, animals, and even taking lives. The fires first were sparked on November 8th and just finished being contained on November 26th. Almost three weeks, these horrible fires left so many communities and people without homes or anywhere to go or any idea how to rebuild their lives and communities. The campfire burned 153,336 acres and destroyed nearly 19,000 structures. In Paradise, California the whole town was burned down with nearly 12,000 homes.

Many people had to seek public shelter, causing another huge problem, the spread of a disease. More than 120 people who were in shelters from the fire have contracted Norovirus. Besides fighting this disease outbreak, the communities are also dealing with the death toll from the fire itself, which has reached 88. There have been many efforts to provide relief to those affected. There are many people raising money to help the effected. Even some people who have lost their homes are still giving to help their community. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth lost their home in the fire. After they lost their home they donated $500,000 to their community. Aaron Rodgers donated $1 million dollars. Millions have been raised; while this is great there was billions of dollars in damage. Other big celebrities or rich people had their homes threatened. Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West hired private firefighters to dig ditches and a last-minute effort to save their home. It worked, as the fire stopped near their home.

California should be receiving aid from the federal government in the form of money and supplies. It will take a long time for the communities to recover from this fire. So many people lost their lives, pets, homes, and businesses. Hopefully something like this does not happen again in the future.