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Climate Change Causing California Wildfires

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Reporter: Grace Thelen

Since I have two sisters who live in California, these wildfires really hit close to home. My sisters have sent me pictures of the orange and gray sky with the sun barely peeking through. A Reuters News Service article about the wildfires states, “Dozens of conflagrations have raged with unprecedented scope across some 4.5 million acres in Oregon, California and Washington state since August, laying waste to several small towns, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 36 people.” 

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these wildfires are just adding insult to injury. It is a madhouse in California with people leaving their homes to find safety during a pandemic. While it stands to reason that people would be evacuated from the certain harm of a raging fire, what can be done to protect evacuees from the danger of COVID-19? While being evacuated people need to continue to follow health and safety protocols from the CDC.  

I believe that society needs to better help prevent these wildfires, especially with how quick they are spreading. People are dying because of the smoke and the fire suppression that has been building over the years.

With the 2020 election coming up, the two presidential candidates have differing views about climate change. They go back and forth with blaming each other and often bring up what the other opponent should have done better.

Climate change is real. I think that people need to do better with how they treat the earth or else things could continue to get much worse. 

As I see it, the local law enforcement officials are doing the best that they can to help the local population. The people of California should continue to treat the environment in the best way possible, with the hopes that these wildfires will resolve as fast as they can. 

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