This is kind of the new normal. We’re facing a new reality in this state, where fires threaten people’s lives, their property, their neighborhoods, and of course, billions and billions of dollars.
~ California Governor Jerry Brown ~
Man evacuating his home in Santa Paula (Ringo Chiu/AFB/Getty Images)
The new normal? Welcome to climate change everyone. After the devastating wildfires in Northern California just a couple of months ago, it seems unfathomable that this is happening again, so soon. As of this morning, half a dozen wildfires have blazed a trail of destruction through almost 200,000 acres and nearly 800 structures have been destroyed. So far there’s only one fatality that’s been reported, but most likely that number will rise. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who lives in Southern California or has family and friends who reside there.
Man praying as the Creek Fire burns in Kagel Canyon, San Bernardino (Gene Blevins/Reuters)
Woman standing in the middle of a destroyed apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas fire. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Terrified horses fleeing the San Luis Rey Downs horse training facility in San Diego. (Paul Sisson/San Diego Union Tribune via AP)
Resident attempting to hose down his property in Sunland as burning embers blow around him. (David McNew/Getty Images)