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California Wildfires in Drastic Condition

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Jessica Townsend, Editor

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The missing number of people has reached over 600 following the spreading wildfires in California. There are currently 66 citizens confirmed dead. This wildfire has been named Camp Fire, and it is being classified as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Nearly 10,000 homes have been decimated, and over 140,000 acres went up in flames.

As of November 16th, over 250,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes. State officials said that the temporary shelters will only be available during the emergency crisis. Most hotels within a 40 mile radius of Camp Fire are full, and some people have resorted to living in tents.

The fire first erupted on November 8th, and was described as being able to burn 60 football fields per minute. With the winds at 50 miles per hour, emergency services have struggled to contain it.

Casey Hatcher, a spokeswoman for Butte County, said, “There is no way that the current housing stock can accommodate the people displaced by the fire. We recognize that it’s going to be some time before people rebuild, and there is an extremely large housing need.” She also suggested that FEMA(Federal Emergency Management Agency) should provide temporary trailers for those whose homes were lost in the fire (NewYorkTimes).

Many organizations have opened donation opportunities to help those affected by the wildfire. For the full list, go to NBCLosAngeles.

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Jessica Townsend, writer/editor

Jessica Townsend is currently a sophomore at ARHS. This is her second year working on the school paper. She is presently an editor and writer of world...

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