Three wildfires continue to rage in the state of California, United States (US), tragically claiming nine lives so far and the forced evacuation of 250,000 people, including the ritzy city of Malibu, home to mega mansions and movie stars.
California's wildfires, though at sometimes had been deliberately lit, are a reality of the arid nature and weather patterns of the western state.
The largest of the present three fires, called the Camp Fire, is located north of the capital, Sacramento, and covering some 100,000 acres, it is the largest reported wildfire in California history. The lives lost thus far have all been claimed in this fire, which has also destroyed some 7,000 structures including 80-90% of the homes of the town of Paradise, CNN reported earlier today. That fire is said to be 20% contained.
The other two wildfires are located in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in the south of the state. The community of Thousand Oaks, Ventura county, is being dealt a double tragedy by the Woolsey Fire after it suffered a shooting massacre of 12 people at a bar and club earlier this week. This fire which has scorched 70,000 acres is deemed uncontrollable.
Another inferno, the Hill Fire has claimed 4,500 acres and is said to be 25% contained.
Sadly, weather forecast from Sunday to Tuesday across Southern California, calls for increasing Santa Ana winds that could spread the fires over a larger area.
California's wildfires could hardly be blamed on forest mismanagement as some have alleged. A large area of the beautiful state that is home to Tinseltown - Hollywood - home of the movies, is arid and with the association of the strong Santa Ana winds, any burning wildfires could engulf large patches of terra.
I wish California the best of success in putting out the fires and I am truly sorry for the lost of lives and homes.