Mismanagement of forests to blame for California fires

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 10, 2018

Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire is heading towards the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"

"Fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu", the city advised residents at 12:27 p.m.

Bass evacuated his family from Paradise and returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety.

By 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Paradise resident Tanah Clunies-Ross said she could not see her auto from her front door through the cloud of smoke.

What gives her hope is the firefighters who were rushing toward the fire. "She said, 'I don't know if I can do this.' Her son said, 'Mom you have to, you have to drive through the flames'". While walking, a stranger in the traffic jam rolled down her window asked Miller if she needed help.

By all accounts, the scrambled evacuation of Paradise was harrowing.

"We are by no means out of the woods as far as the danger posed by the fire", "The amount of uncontained fire line is very large".

"This does not look good at all", Mason said on Twitter. "Please keep Paradise and all the first responders in your prayers".

He says the fire's pace forced firefighters to focus on life-protection rather than saving structures and he expects that yet-to-be-determined number to be significant.

With the town located on a ridge and limited escape routes, traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock.

She realized at that moment that she had to flee. The smoke was so thick, she said, it was like she was driving at night.

Among the celebrity homes reportedly damaged - if not destroyed - was the home of Caitlyn Jenner, who posted an Instagram video reporting that she was in a safe house, but wasn't sure what has become of her home. "It can't be there anymore".

The Paradise fire is known as the Camp fire in California, and has now raged across 31 miles (20,000 acres) of the state.

Tim Taylor, the Butte County Superintendent of Schools, said in a release on Friday that all the area's schools - including charter schools - will be closed through November 23.

The Concow School sent its 60 students home, but many faculty members are anxious about their homes, said Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Superintendent Josh Peete.

Another resident told Jeremy Siegel of member station KQED that as she attempted to get out of the area, "we were engulfed in flames - both sides of the road".

Johnson, of Independence, Oregon, relied on fellow members of the couple's Jehovah's Witnesses congregation to check local shelters.

About 500 firefighters are on the ground now, and 100 law enforcement officers are helping them. Capt. John Gaddie said.

"Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming", he said.

A Cal Fire spokesman said around 2,000 buildings were believed to have been razed in Paradise.

Thousands had to flee their homes in California wildfire. Drought-stricken fuels, Santa Ana wind conditions, low relative humidity, high temperatures: "it's a recipe for fire", said VCFD Assistant Chief Chad Cook, according the Ventura County Star. Gusts have reached speeds of 65 miles per hour.

"It's really a cumulative effect in that it's changing the landscape", Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, said."You're getting longer periods of the year when you get these fires", Swain said.

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