Aftermath of the Wild Fires

Traya Bence, writer

Some of the largest wildfires in California history have started in the past 6 weeks and they have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. The bobcat wildfire has already almost taken 100,000 acres. According to The Guardian “At least 35 people have died, and hundreds of structures have burned in serious wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington. Democratic governors of all three states say the fires are a consequence of climate change”. The aftermath of fires can be even more dangerous than the actual fire, after a wildfire it can result in property damage outside the immediate fire area, cause landslides and can affect the water quality of streams, rivers and lakes. The fires are also leaving thousands of people homeless after it burns down their home according to Daily Sabah “Hundreds, if not thousands, of homes and other buildings, are believed to have been damaged or destroyed by the blaze northeast of San Francisco, fire officials said at an evening news conference”. If the air quality wasn’t bad before it’s gotten even worse, according to the LA Times Swirling smoke from California’s historic firestorm is still clogging some of the state’s skies — leading to unhealthy air quality in and around the Sierra Nevada”. They also stated Conditions at one point were considered hazardous Monday morning in the area of Mammoth Lakes, meaning “everyone should stay indoors and reduce activity levels,” according to air quality monitors. However, the air later cleared to a point where it was only “very unhealthy,” with residents urged to avoid strenuous outdoor activities”.