This wildfire season for California has been the deadliest season in history for its inhabitants with fire burning hundreds of thousands of acres. The fires started on November 8th in the Sierra Nevada foothills and claimed many lives.
The death toll has reached 84 as of November 23rd, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This confirms it as the deadliest wildfire season in the United States. The amount of people missing makes it more likely for the death toll to rise.
“The wildfires are a devastating problem that affect more than 80,000 people,” senior Isabella Maldonado said. “It is an issue that is difficult to fix.”
The significant rain that California just sustained helped their firefighters put out the wildfires that has been causing significant loss in the state, however it caused a flash flood and mudslides in northern California.
People across the country are grieving for the tremendous loss that California endured for the past month. Similarly, Houstonians who dealt with a similar tragedy not too long ago.
“The wildfires were like Houston’s Hurricane Harvey,” senior Sharon Muita said. “It just caught everyone by surprise. It was a tragic event that no man could have prevented and my thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones.”
Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Khloe Kardashian, Lady Gaga, and other influencers did their part in helping the victims of the wildfire. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth donated five hundred thousand dollars to the Happy Hippie Foundation which aided in emergency relief, wildfire prevention and those in financial need. Khloe Kardashian bought water and granola bars for the firefighters and first responders that worked tirelessly to save their neighborhoods.
Additionally, several companies also contributed to help the victims of the wildfire. Disney announced that they donated five hundred thousand dollars to aid the firefighters in need while Facebook donated two hundred fifty thousand dollars to the American Red Cross.
Because of the horrible effects of the wildfire, California is now in need of any help possible. There are different ways people across the country can help the victims of this tragedy. Contributors can help by donating towards different funds such as The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund, and The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation.