Flames Gone Wild What should you know?
The Kincade flames searing northern California and the Getty flames scorching southern California are wreaking havoc on residents and raising legal issues. If you, your family, or your friends are California state residents or visitors there are a number of things to stay updated on.
The Kincade fire tore through 75,000 acres of northern California in five days and officials reported only 15% containment as of October 29th, 2019. This fire has left two firefighters with serious injuries and one was airlifted to the University of California, Davis hospital. Authorities have informed news anchors that the firefighter in the hospital is stable and expected to fully recover from his serious burns. Evacuees and California state residents need to be vigilant and prioritize safety above everything else. Until this fire has been fully contained precaution is highly recommended. Smoke inhalation can reduce lung function and lead to life-threatening complications. If you, your loved ones, or anyone you know has experienced smoke inhalation it is important to urge them to seek treatment in a hospital facility. Northern California residents and visitors aren’t the only ones that should heed these warnings.
Preliminary reports claim the Getty fire has burned through at least 650 acres of southern California. It began on October 28th, 2019 along highway 405 near Getty Center. Over 7,000 homes were evacuated before the fires. These evacuation protected residents in Brentwood as fires destroyed twelve homes and left five more in need of reconstruction. Mr. Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles warns residents to stay away until further notice. While firefighters have managed to contain a substantial portion of the fire, flare-ups are still a real possibility and threat. He recommends that residents take comfort in the containment reports and remember that they can help by staying in safe areas until risk of fire is gone. My extended family resides in southern California and has since evacuated the area and my parents are relieved. These fires are dangerous and potentially life-threatening and resident cooperation during evacuations is key to safety and containment. Dash cam cameras have since revealed the fire was in part caused by an explosion in the morning on October 28th, 2019. This explosion sparked when a branch fell on a nearby powerline. Mayor Eric Garcetti in Los Angeles has since named this an “act of God.” Nicknaming a tragic event as this is tragic in itself and continuing to call it an “act of God.” Authorities believe this fire was in fact related to complications with Pacific Gas and Energy’s intentional black out on October 9th, 2019.
This blackout was carried out in order to implement preventive measures and reduce the risk of future fires. PG&E is now refunding customers affected by the blackout and major questions are being raised. Latest reports indicate that PG&E might be issuing these rebates because of the relations between the complications from the blackout and the Getty fire. Residents were given $100 respectively and small businesses were given $250. These refunds could be a first step toward amends but there is no telling what will happen in the future.
The Kincade and Getty fires are particularly dangerous and it’s important for residents to remember proper fire protocols and safety measures for the duration of this time. These fires are tragic and essentially raise questions about the future. If these fires broke out so quickly over a tree branch it speaks to the fire precautions already in place and calls to attention the importance of making sure that this sequence of events does not happen again. Fire precautions need to be evaluated and improved, these events are not okay and with the technology of modern day America there are ways to make sure this doesn’t happen again.