California Fires Cause Massive Destruction Of Property And Loss Of Lives
The fire that erupted in Northern California on Monday caused great havoc that will stick in the memories of many for a long time to come. About 10 people lost their lives whereas about 100 succumbed to minor injuries. 20,000 people were also forced to evacuate following the destruction of about 1,500 buildings.
An official following closely on the matter outlined that the firefighters had been battling the blazes in eight countries in a bid to save lives and properties. The deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Janet Upton, made an official statement revealing destroyed properties.
As per Monday evening, more than 1,500 businesses and homes had been burnt down. One died in Mendocino County, two in Napa County and seven in Sonoma County.
The authorities imposed a curfew and it sought to look out for looters. It intended to take serious legal measures against them upon arrest. Gov. Jerry Brown issued emergency proclamations for Yuba, Napa, Mendocino, Orange, Nevada, Yuba and Sonoma Counties.
He said that the fire damaged affected thousands of homes and damaged critical infrastructure. He reached out to President Trump requesting him to declare the adversity a major disaster.
He opined, “This is really serious. It’s moving fast. The heat, the lack of humidity and the winds are all driving a very dangerous situation and making it worse. It’s not under control by any means. But we’re on it in the best way we know how.”
Hospitals in Sonoma and Napa counties have reported scores of patients that suffered the fire-related ailments. St. Joseph Health gave its number revealing that it had treated about 170 people at three of its hospitals. Most of these patients were admitted for suffering from burns whereas the rest were admitted for smoke inhalation.
Petaluma Valley Hospital and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital postponed most of their elective procedures in a bid to free up resources for emergency care. It is now clear that the enormous fires usually hit Northern California in October. That is a period when the dry conditions prime them to spread faster.