THREE WILDFIRES are blazing over the US territory of California, annihilating a large number of structures and killing more than 40 individuals.
Camp fire, otherwise called Paradise Fire, Woolsey Fire and Hills fire are for the most part blazing over the US territory of California. There have been more than 7,600 structures demolished in the flames, the vast majority of which are homes. The whole city of Paradise has been annihilated as flames spread through, decimating everything in their way.
Conditions in the state have implied that dry underbrush, joined with winds and hot temperatures are the ideal rearing ground for fires to start.
The reason for each of the three fires, Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire and Hills Fire stays obscure up until now.
But, power supply company Southern California Edison told experts an electrical circuit had a outage near where the Woolsey Fire began.
Local news outlets have reported some power lines were downed amid high winds just before the fire was called in on November 8. And, the fire has been spreading all over the start ever since then.
The “Camp Fire” in Northern California has scorched some 130,000 acres and is still 35 percent contained.
In addition, the death toll due to the fires has now reached to 48 people. Statewide there are a total of 50 deaths.
Some 9,000 firefighters have been battling the wildfires, which have become the deadliest and costliest in state history.
Those who survived have been scrambling to find a place to stay. In Southern California, evacuation orders were lifted for many of the areas affected by the “Woolsey Fire,” but some came home only to be told to leave again.
There are some 5,615 personnel fighting the blaze. Some 52,000 people have been evacuated.
A total of 8,817 structures have been destroyed. Of those, 7,600 are homes.
There are a total of 1,385 shelters.
As the Camp Fire rages on, authorities continue to search tirelessly for around 100 missing people.
On Friday, President Donald Trump approved California’s Emergency Declaration, allowing federal assistance to be open to the state due to the wildfires.
On Monday, he said he approved an expedited request for a major disaster declaration for the state.
I just approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California. Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on. I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
The fire has already destroyed the homes of the singers Miley Cyrus, Neil Young and Robin Thicke, Liam Hemsworth and the actors Shannen Doherty and Gerard Butler.
Actor Liam Hemsworth posted a picture of the remnants of his Malibu house on Twitter this Tuesday. Scorched stones spelling the word “love” are surrounded by what was left after the “Woolsey Fire” hit the “Hunger Games” star’s home.
It’s been a heartbreaking few days. This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires.
— Liam Hemsworth (@LiamHemsworth) November 13, 2018
Miley Cyrus also took to twitter on Monday where she said, “My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong, I am grateful for all I have left” expressing thanks to emergency responders and encouraging fans to donate to organizations assisting with the recovery.
Completely devestated by the fires affecting my community. I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 12, 2018
Actress Shannen Doherty known for her roles in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed,” wrote,”It’s the place I felt my dad with me. It’s gone. Fire has taken it away. I’m devastated by all that’s happening. My heart is ripped apart.”
Mr. Butler, who starred in the movie “300,” posted video from his neighborhood, describing it as a “war zone.”
“I was one of the lucky ones, my home was only partially destroyed,” he wrote on Twitter. “A lot of people lost everything and will have to rebuild from scratch.”
1/2 Driving around Point Dume on Saturday. My heart aches for all those who lost their homes and their lives in California. I was one of the lucky ones, my home was only partially destroyed. A lot of people lost everything and will have to rebuild from scratch. (tweet continued) pic.twitter.com/cS4UTlRR00
— Gerard Butler (@GerardButler) November 12, 2018
According to estimates, the total damage and economic impact of the California wildfires has already exceeded $80 billion, and will likely exceed $150 billion and possibly reach $200 billion by next week based on AccuWeather forecast conditions of strong winds and very little rain combined with very dry grounds and vegetation aggravated by lack of rain and strong parched winds. If these conditions and the resulting damage persist at least partially into December, this could well turn out to be one of the U.S.’ costliest weather and climate disasters, exceeding the damage caused by recent major hurricanes such as Katrina, Sandy and Harvey.