By Sally M. and Ellie H.
Imagine coming home from school only to find nothing but ashes, burned up debris, and maybe a couple of recognizable items from what was once your bedroom . This is what many people have been facing recently due to over thirty fires in Northern California.
Over 900 people have been reported missing since Sunday, October 8. According to BBC News, “A few missing persons have been found, but most are still under investigation.”
“These fires have destroyed structures and continues to threaten thousands of homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents,” said Governor Jerry Brown. “President Donald Trump has approved of a disaster declaration for the fire-ravaged state, allowing federal emergency aid to be sent” (“California Fires: Thirteen Dead in Wine Country”).
These fires are among the deadliest in all of California’s history and have burned down many wineries, homes, and even some marijuana farms. Fires in Napa Valley have sent smoke about 60 miles south to San Francisco.
Even fires in Anaheim made the skies in Disneyland impossible to breathe in. Annual pass holder Nate Griffey said to BBC that “You did have to watch out so you didn’t get ashes in your eye and make sure you didn’t inhale.”
These terrifying flames burned more than 1,500 homes in total and caused 31 deaths (Fire Coverages, LA Times). These fires covered more than 210,000 acres in total and caused many major road closures (Fire Coverages, LA Times).
The blazing wildfire unfortunately spread to the neighborhood of Anaheim and many million dollar homes are lost. If you were there, you would have saw thousands of families packed in their cars and literally being chased away from their homes by the fire (Canyon Fire).
Thankfully, many firefighters and neighbors spread the word of the fire, when the alarm on people’s phones failed to inform the people (CNN News). Many people were seen driving around and knocking on people’s doors, to inform families to evacuate (CNN News, Facebook).
Cindy Carcano explained the experience she had, “People fled to the beaches, there were people huddled on the cold asphalt, and some slept in their cars. We were so thankful that Ginocchio Restaurant were there to help. They served 300 meals for free to many of us” (Fire Coverages, LA Times).
The ashes that you found on your car, in your face, and on your windows used to be parts of someone’s home. Thousands of people have lost everything they had and many firefighters are risking their lives to contain the fire. All of our prayers go out to the victims and we hope they can find shelter and food.