Wildfires are not new in the state of California, USA. Every year, they expect wildfires to occur from August through November because of the frequent hot, dry winds that are prevalent during this period. The wildfire season finishes when the first significant rainstorm of winter hits, around October in Northern California, and approximately in Southern California, between the end of October to December. The earliest wildfires ever recorded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) was as early as 1878.
California’s Most Destructive Wildfires
As of the writing, the “Camp Fire” of Butte County in November 2018 holds the record of the most destructive and deadliest wildfires in the history of California. It left an official death toll of 86, destroyed almost 19,000 structures, annihilated 90 percent of the town of Paradise, and made at least 10 thousand people displaced and homeless.
On September 20, 2018, the largest wildfire in the state’s history, the “Mendocino Fire,” came to an end, which wiped out nearly 459,000 acres and caused the death of one firefighter. The Mendocino fire comprised a couple of flames, the “River Fire” and the “Ranch Fire.” The blazes seized over 280 buildings, wherein 157 were houses, and burned a region larger than Los Angeles.
California Wildfires 2020, a Catastrophe amidst Pandemic
Each year, wildfires are becoming more and more severely destructive, which causes billions of dollars of damage and loss to properties and even fatalities to humans and animals. This year’s wildfires are getting worse each day, creating so much concern, not only within the people of California but countries around the globe as we face the Covid-19 pandemic at the same time.