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Dangerous Wildfires Continue to Ravage California

Alexander Hom

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Throughout the past week, flames have engulfed much of Southern California in the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura. These wildfires have been caused by the unusually long-lasting Santa Ana Winds off the cost of California that has brought especially dry and breezy air to the area. Due to these fires, over 100,000 acres of land have been scorched by the flames with many homes, schools, and buildings in its path. Currently, over 50,000 people have been evacuated from over 15,000 homes in the area.

While people continue to be evacuated, it also appears as if there is no end in sight for the flames. Throughout much of today, December 6th, flames have continued to spread throughout the area shutting down many important roads and highways for the state. With the fires continuing to expand, over 200 schools have been closed for the week with the fires beginning to near homes at the University of California in Los Angeles. Officials say that the fires will likely continue to spread as the dry air remains in place with winds potentially up to 80 miles per hour.

 

As officials attempt to prevent the fire from spreading any further, they will continue to monitor the situation. Many firefighters from around California have come to prevent any continued spreading. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported as of now. According to NASA, it has been reported that the flames and smoke are large enough to be seen from space.

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Dangerous Wildfires Continue to Ravage California