, the largest of the blazes burning in southern California, has engulfed more than 900 buildings, including at least 700 homes, since it broke out on 4 December. The fifth biggest wildfire in state history, Thomas has forced thousands of people to flee the area. Officials are warning that the threat could increase if unpredictable winds rise
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The Skirball blaze began life as a cooking fire under a freeway, but assigning blame is complicated given the harsh conditions of LA’s homeless encampments Authorities have revealed the wildfire that razed homes owned by LA’s wealthiest residents was started in a homeless camp inhabited by its most downtrodden. After the Los Angeles fire department announced on Tuesday that the Skirball fire began life as a cooking fire under a freeway about 20 miles from downtown, the homeless services community took a sharp intake of breath.
The unprecedented downpour and severe flooding was also 15% tense due to climate change, which is making weather more violent around the world Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented deluge, which caused catastrophic flooding in Houston in August, was made three times more likely by climate change, new research has found. Such a downpour was a very rare event, scientists said, but global warming meant it was 15% . The storm left 80 people dead and 800,000 in need of assistance.
Like the sea itself, the BBC’s showpiece nature programme was calm, hypnotic and awe-inspiring. But it lacked the grave message our situation demands We find the sea a great source of solace and peace. The author Ronald Blythe has written of the sea’s “most wonderful monotony”, which “can drug the watcher into forgetting past, present and future”. Watching has been almost as hypnotic, with its sublime rendering of our turquoise oceans, a watery world almost without humans.
Thomas fire, the largest of six blazes burning in southern California, has destroyed almost 800 buildings and remains only 15% contained
’s biggest wildfire continues to burn out of control, triggering fresh evacuations as firefighters battle a total of six blazes that collectively have scorched an area bigger than New York City and Boston combined. The week-old Thomas fire in Ventura county had covered 230,500 acres by Monday, destroying almost 800 buildings and threatening Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and other coastal enclaves north of Los Angeles. It is the fifth-biggest wildfire in California’s modern history – and only 15% contained.
Latest CA Wildfire Stats: Fires: 5 Acres: 200,000 Structures: 834 Firefighters: 9,000 Evacuations: 98,000 Homes threatened: 25,000 Video:
Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.