California Wildfires

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Mauren Lee, Reporter

On November 8, 2018, two deadly fires started within hours of each other. The Camp fire started near Pulga, California, and the Woolsey fire started near Ventura County, California. The Woolsey fire burned through Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and the Camp fire scorched communities north of Sacramento.

The Camp fire completely ravished the town of Paradise in northern California, and the death toll is currently holding at 88. On Sunday the Camp fire was contained within 153,336 acres and destroyed 18,793 structures. The Woolsey fire has been 100% contained as of Wednesday, November 21. The Woolsey fire burned through 96,949 acres, destroyed 1,500 structures, and the death toll is three people. The Camp fire is now considered the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history.

The two companies being found as potentially responsible for the start of the fires are Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison. After a power line fell, the strong winds and dry vegetation provided a perfect environment for both wildfires to start and spread.