Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in California

Wildfire (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/ Flickr)
Kasey Dresser | December 8,  2017

While it is continuing to get colder in Iowa, California is having the exact opposite problem. On December 5th, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Southern California. Fires are currently burning in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. More than 200,000 residents from Los Angeles and Venture counties are currently being evacuated from their homes. So far this fire season over 400 homes have been damaged. The fires are approximated to be about 20% contained as of a report from 5pm yesterday. Firefighters and police are working hard but out of state help is still being called in.

The biggest concern is the wind, known by locals as the Santa Anas. The wind is fast, dry, and making it nearly impossible to control the fires. It can blow anywhere from 50 to 110mph. Chief Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said, “Stopping a fire when wind is 50, 60, 70 miles per hour is almost not possible. These fires burn into anything that’s in their path. A wind-driven fire is like a freight train, and stopping a freight train on a dime doesn’t happen.”

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