California Wildfires



California National Guard closes down roads in Healdsburg, California. Evacuation orders were given to multiple towns nearby the Kincade Fire. Photo courtesy of: Wikimedia Commons

Christian Gobres

Starting back in October, California’s wildfire season continues all the way to the beginning of spring in March, with more than 3 wildfires so far having popped up in the state.

The most notable wildfire this year, the Kincade Fire, is located north of Geyserville, California. It started back in October 23rd, with a lifespan of 13 days, and has destroyed more than 200 buildings in its path.

Wildfires are detrimental to people’s health, as the smoke contains chemicals that affects the eyes, and could lead to problems with the respiratory system, even premature death. 

According to the World Health Organization, “Older people, people with cardiorespiratory diseases or chronic illnesses, children, and people who work outdoors are particularly vulnerable to the combined effects of heatwave and air pollution.”

A closer and more recent wildfire, is the Barham Fire, which happened around Hollywood Hills, more specifically in the foothills above Burbank, California. The fire had consumed more than 33 acres, and began on Saturday, but has since been contained by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Ricardo (11), said “Obviously it would be bad if it came close to our school, as school would be either canceled, or we stay indoors the whole time we stay here.”

As Governor Gavin Newsom asks the federal government for help, President Donald Trump stated that funding from the federal government wouldn’t come through to California anymore, and that there won’t be any help from them from now on.

On November 3rd, Trump tweeted, “…Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more. Get your act together governor.”