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Californian wildfires reached new levels in 2018

California experiences extreme wildfires in 2018.

California experiences extreme wildfires in 2018.

Hailey Blewer

California experiences extreme wildfires in 2018.

Hailey Blewer

Hailey Blewer

California experiences extreme wildfires in 2018.

876,131 acres of land in California have been destroyed by wildfires in 2018 alone. At least 88 people have been killed and many people have been reported missing. Ninety percent of wildfires are started by humans doing careless actions as simple as throwing away discarded cigarettes, leaving a campfire unattended, or even intentional acts of arson.

The town of Chico in California and surrounding areas were the most impacted by the fires; over 10,000 homes were lost.

One of the most dangerous parts of wildfires is the smoke, which has lead to the air quality in Northern California to be rated the worst in the world. Hazardous air quality can lead to respiratory problems, lung failure, and a shortened life span. Although people in affected areas have been taking precautions, such as wearing protective clothing and footwear, to protect themselves against the smoke, damage from the smoke still occurs.  

“My husband is a mailman and he had to wear a mask to work but he still got sick,” said Jennifer Lawrence, a resident of Antioch, California.

The everyday lives of many Californians have been impacted by the fires. Schools have even been in danger of having to shut down because of heavy smoke in the air.

“Fire affected the schools by almost having to close them down because we have outdoor schools here, meaning the classrooms are outside and not in a building,” Nick Bruno, a resident of Brentwood, California said.

Although stores and businesses have had to close down, bigger businesses like Wells Fargo have helped their community by giving donations to those affected.

“A lot of local businesses have gotten donation boxes for victims, and other small stores closed down until the fires are over,” said Jennifer Lawrence.

Despite the large amount of damage done, humans weren’t the only ones affected by the California wildfires. The ash and smoke affected plants, animals, and the weather.

“I’ve noticed the changes in wildlife, like the hills are brown and black,” stated Nick Bruno, “Even now that the air quality is down I still smell the smoke because the ash is stuck in the trees”

Although the fires have been contained, many people in California are concerned that they will continue to happen annually.

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