Wildfires Blaze Through California


Justin Sullivan

Photo Courtesy of latimes.com

Jacob R. Lopez, Staff Writer

Wildfires in California, such as the Dixie and Caldor fires, are growing to be the two most worrisome fires so far. The Dixie fire started on July 14, 2021.. Similarly, the Caldor fire has been in action since Aug. 14, 2021, and both have been growing since.

Both fires are fueled by dry conditions, heat and winds. Winds are the bulk of the fuel for these fires since they provide oxygen and push the fire in the direction of, the wind.

 “Fires can negatively affect populations of people by damaging their health and destroying their property. Fires can also have a negative effect on the ecosystem it damages with habitat destruction and erosion,” stated Nathan Willborn, science teacher.

Damages can come from the fire itself or the potential aftereffects such as landslides.

“Firefighters in California made significant progress against the Caldor Fire over the weekend, allowing for some evacuation orders in the Lake Tahoe region to be downgraded,” stated Kelly McCleary and Alta Spells, CNN reporters.

 As of Sept. 16, the Dixie fire has been 86 percent contained and the Caldor fire has been 71 percent contained. Much progress has been made and many of the smaller fires have already been contained.

But as these fires rage on, new fires pop up and pose new threats. Many fires are caused by pure accidents, such as the 12,000-volt line that caused the Dixie fire, because even just a spark can cause a ginormous incident. We will always look for ways to prevent them, for instance power companies cutting electricity when the conditions are ripe for a fire, and individuals taking extra precautions and not being careless.

“However, fires are also beneficial by returning key nutrients back until the soil, aiding in the long-term health of the ecosystem,” continued Mr. Willborn.

Wildfires are just a cycle to balance and regulate nature on Earth.