CALIFORNIA RAVAGED BY WILDFIRES AND MUDSLIDES

By: Natalia Dewitt

If you think hurricane Harvey was bad, Houston was not the only city affected by a natural disaster in 2017, California got its fair share of destruction as well.

The first wildfire was Wildomar Fire on October 2, 2017. The Wildomar Wildfire burned over 800 acres of land in Riverside County.

The next wildfire that occurred was the Thomas Wildfire. This was the fire that made the most damage with 230,000 acres that burned down and about 105,000 people forced to evacuate their homes. The Thomas Fire  took place in Ventura County. The Thomas fire mobilized over 8,500 firefighters. The winds were not helping at all; they blew at approximately 45-75 miles per hour and caused the fire to spread throughout Ventura County.

The Creek Fire occurred on December 5, 2017 in Los Angeles. It burned approximately 16,000 acres of land. The Rye Fire started on December 5, 2017 was in Santa Clarita it burned over 6,000 acres of land it threatened 5,000 structures. The last fire that happened on December 6, 2017 was the Skirball Fire burned 422 acres of land in Los Angeles and burned 6 homes in Bel Air. The firefighters had to evacuate people and animals, and they had to salvage as many things as they could. The wind made the fires spread throughout South California, and even move over the highway. People lost their homes, pets, and most of the things they owned.

To make matters worse, on January 9, 2018 there were mudslides in Southern California, causing 21 deaths in Santa Barbara County. Many homes were severely damaged and some people were forced to evacuate. As of January 23, 2018,  people were still being evacuated due to the high levels of mud.