Deadly California Fires Burn Thousands of Civilians Homes


Orange County Register

IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Crews battle flames along The 241 Toll Road at Portola Parkway during the Silverado Fire in Irvine, CA, on Monday, October 26, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Jessica Ignozza, Staff Writer

California’s destructive fires have made their way through the state very quickly, tearing through towns, rural communities, and cities. Countless houses have been damaged by the terrible flames, causing a multitude of residents to evacuate. 

Starting in August 2020, the fires spread exponentially into the Sierra Nevada, southern and northern California, as well as regions east and south of San Francisco. Ignited by a rare lightning storm and fueled by humid, windy weather, the fires rampage through the state. In Irvine, a fire called “Silverado Fire” has spread to around 4,000 acres with no containment. Around 20,000 homes were evacuated, with about 500 firefighters fighting the flames. The Irvine Firemen want to continue to evacuate residents who are at risk of an explosion due to the fires. 

Causing more devastation, about 361,000 residents in Northern California lose power to avoid sparking wildfires in severe weather conditions. Downed power lines have provoked deadly fires in California in the past such as the 2018 “Camp Fire.” The “Camp Fire” was the deadliest fire in California, sparked by an electrical  transmission that killed about 85 people and destroyed about 18,800 buildings. 

The result of the deadly California fires has impacted the lives of numerous people. Residents of California have to flee their homes, losing cherished items. So the next time you leave your precious house, think about the citizens of California who have lost their homes to deadly fires and appreciate the items you value.