Gender Reveal Fires and More Continue in California

Alexis Antonopoulos, reporter

California is the number one state for wildfires in the U.S. The most recent statistics of fires in California are from January 1 to September 8, 2020.

So far, there have been a total of 41,051 wildfires within 251 days in 2020. 35,386 wildfires

occurred in the same time frame in 2019. In California alone, fires are conclusively spread from

the North of the state all the way down to Mexico's border, a total of 800 miles.

The numbers keep increasing and are spreading too many other states as well. Not only from fire, but from smoke as well. Some Californians are being evacuated and must leave their homes

because of the dangers.

Freshman Meredith Yacoben said, “I think it’s so crazy that not only fires are everywhere, but that one was caused by people throwing a gender reveal party. It could have been prevented.”

The fire started at the El Dorado Ranch Park and as of September 7, it’s spread to about 8,600

acres and only seven percent of it has been contained.

Nearly 80% of fires are caused by humans which means they are mainly preventable. If the

family that caused the damage decided to not have lit a firework near flammable areas, it would

have been prevented. Global warming does affect these continuous drying conditions.

Junior Lacey Larsen said, “People need to be more aware of their actions because so much has

been damaged from this. They should be held accountable because of destroyed property and the

millions of dollars it costs to repair.”

This event may sound familiar because the same recklessness happened in Arizona in 2019 when a gender reveal ignited a wildfire. Some people have been wondering if the people in charge of the pyrotechnic device are held liable for their actions. They did break three laws that are known as of now.

California falls victim to multiple wildfires this year.

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