There are several big fires burning across California. Let’s take a look at the current forest fires:
Kincade fire – Northern California
At least 352 structures were destroyed and another 55 damaged. Four civilians and firefighters have been hurt and many people had to leave. About 77,758 acres have been lost.
Easy fire – Los Angeles area
At least 24 structures have been destroyed and three firefighters were hurt. About 1,860 acres have been lost so far.
Getty fire – Southern California
This fire is about 66% contained and has burned around 745 acres. At least ten homes have been destroyed with another 15 damaged. More than 7,000 houses are still in danger. Two firefighters have been hurt.
What is Causing the Fires in California?
California has been getting hotter each year with less rainfall, and some believe this is why there seem to be so many more fires than before. On the other hand, people who do not agree with global warming say the state has always suffered from serious droughts, which often lead to forest fires.
Human error also plays a big role in starting these fires and more people are moving into once forested areas. One thing causing fires in recent years has been PG&E energy company and its equipment. It is also the reason so many Californians are without electricity as equipment is shut down during high winds to stop the spread of fires.
Another large reason for forest fires is bad planning. Brush and things like old branches need to be cleaned out. The government can start controlled fires, so the old and diseased trees can be removed. This allows for new and healthy growth of younger vegetation (plants).