California “Apple Fire” burns more than 20,000 acres near Los Angeles

Climate changes caused by humans have contributed to favorable conditions for bush fires that have already laid waste to Australia in late 2019 and early 2020, while another is wreaking havoc in the state of California as we speak.

The fire, named the “Apple Fire”, broke out Friday night, July 31, near the city of San Bernardino, 100 km east of Los Angeles. At this time, the causes that led the disaster are still under investigation.

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According to CBS Los Angeles, about 8,000 people were evacuated from their homes. The local authorities have offered the evacuees various accommodations, such as hotels, schools, or even the fire department. All centers that will accommodate people affected by the “Apple Fire” take into account the rules imposed by the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, temperature monitors, masks, and respect for social distancing.

The damage is minimal for the moment, with only one house and two buildings destroyed, with no victims being reported. According to local authorities and residents, more than 2,000 firefighters did an excellent job this weekend in difficult conditions, the fire being on steep terrain. Despite the situation, they managed to save hundreds of houses from being burned by the relentless flames.

Lisa Cox states it’s the biggest fire San Bernardino has ever faced. The fire officer also added that the fire is being fueled by high temperatures and strong winds that caused irregular fire behavior.

The County of Riverside Emergency Management Department Active Events has provided for all residents a telephone line and a website where they can find out if their addresses may be affected by an evacuation order, which you can find here.

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It may seem that the situation is getting worse from a scientific viewpoint, besides human intervention, the latest wildfires are pointing towards a major climate change worldwide. How major, only time will tell.

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