The Growing Fires in the State of California

Thousands of stubble-faced firefighters who have been sleep-deprived are working day and night to stop the fire that’s burning the state of California. Late on Wednesday, the firefighters with their soot-covered yellow coats were addressed by their superiors who informed them that the fires were first spreading. This is something that they already knew as they had unsuccessfully fought with the fire for days. As they were addressed, flecks of ash raining down from the sky could be seen. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Van Wormer told them that he could not promise that Calvary was coming. He asked the firefighters to look on the left and the right. He reminded them that these are the people whom they are supposed to protect at the moment. Cal Fire is the agency that is charged with fighting fires in the state. The situation has been made complicated by the growing warm, dry winds that are making the fire to grow fast and big. As a result, the primary goal has shifted from stopping these fires to slowing their spread. As a result, they want to save lives by preventing these fires from spreading into Californian cities. Preventing the fires from burning the businesses and homes had shifted to a secondary goal.

At the moment, more than 22 fires have been reported. This is according to information that had been collected by Wednesday. This saw the fire consume over 170,000 acres since Sunday. This is a rise from the 15 fires that broke out on Sunday. The fires were burning an average of 115,000 acres of land every day. The death toll has also risen from 17 people to 21 people. According to Cal Fire chief Ken Pimlott, more than 100 people have been reported missing. The state, however, warned that these numbers were just estimates and the numbers could sway in any direction. The fires have destroyed thousands of structures in the area, and much more are under threat. Some of the hardest hit areas are the Sonoma and Napa Counties. These two areas have experienced over six fires. At the same time, the fires have burnt an average of 60,000 acres every day. Officials on the ground say that the fires are burning at a higher rate than the firefighters can extinguish them. Officials say that close to 8,000 local, state and federal firefighters have been deployed to fight the fires. They are using over 73 helicopters and 550 fire engines.


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