California has been hit with a series of wildfires that have ravaged the state’s beautiful forests. The most recent one, which hit the iconic Sierra National Forest, trapped hundreds of Labor Day campers and required helicopters dropping gallons upon gallons of water to put out.
Officials said they had never seen a fire move so quickly in a forest, covering 15 miles a day.
But this wasn’t the only major fire to hit California in recent days.
The Associated Press reports that another fire broke out on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, in the Plumas National Forest, which is northeast of San Francisco, and spread 25 miles a day, dwarfing the speed of the Sierra National Forest. It went on to burn up a total of 400 square miles of forestry.
And in Montgomery County, another fire grew so quickly that it doubled in size overnight. This blaze trapped over a dozen firefighters, who needed to don their protective fire shelters to keep from dying in the blaze. One firefighter has been seriously injured from the blaze.
These are just three in a series of 85 fires that have hit California. CBN News reports many of these fires are the result of a toxic mix of dry heat, record high temperatures, and strong winds. In fact, the so-called diablo and Santa Ana winds are the main reasons behind the difficulty in putting out the California fires.
However, a good portion of California’s wildfires are not from natural causes. Law Enforcement Today reports that many of the wildfires plaguing California are due to arsonists in a “coordinated attack.” Many of the arsonists who started wildfires have already been arrested, but some are still out on the run.
This is bolstered by the fact that a California man was arrested by state troopers while trying to set fire to a bush on State Route 167 in Puyallup, California on September 10th, 2020. The small bush fire would have erupted into a full-blown blaze as much of the grass surrounding it is dead and dry.
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.