California fires


Jessica Machado, Staff Writer

On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties due to the rampant spread of the Butte Fire, which has now spread over 100 square miles.

A state of emergency was previously put in place on Friday for Amador and Calaveras county residents. Cal fire says that the fire is only 15 percent contained.

“The fire destroyed 86 homes and 51 outbuildings by Saturday evening, and 6,400 other structures were threatened,” Elisha Fieldstadt, writer for NBCNews, said, quoting statistics from Cal fire.

People from all four counties were ordered to evacuate. Four Red Cross centers were established for those fleeing their houses, but one was forced to relocate twice due to the zigzagging pattern of the fire.

Part of the reason why the state of emergency was called included injuries of firefighters trying to contain the fire. From the 1,000 firefighters on the job, four ended up with second degree burns.

“All suffered 2nd degree burns and are in stable condition at UC Davis Medical,” Cal fire public information officer Daniel Berlant said on Twitter.

It hasn’t helped that California is currently in one of the worst droughts in recorded history. One reason the fire has been able to spread from 50 acres on Saturday to 100 square miles by Sunday is that the land is dry from the drought.

With such a huge fire to tackle and only having 15 percent of it contained, firefighters are urging surrounding communities and counties to help in the fight against the huge fire.

“About 3,300 firefighters are on the scene and about 100 officers and deputies from 23 agencies have responded to a request for mutual aid,” CNN writers Ed Payne and Ashley Fantz said, quoting Berlant in a CNN article.