29 killed and hundreds are missing as fire is spreading all over California. The California Fire has spread on a large scale ending innocent lives and destroying homes, buildings, businesses and streets.
The fires have been going on since the night of Sunday. Firefighters have still not gained control on the fires completely. It has destroyed 191,000 acres of land and burned down 3,500 structures. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, more than 20,000 people have evacuated from their homes.
A lot of people went missing after the fire. 285 people only in the county of Sonoma have gone missing. The flames have wiped out major parts of the counties such as parts of Santa Rosa, a county that has an estimated population of 175,000 people.
The fire fighters are sleep deprived and have been trying to take out the fires since morning.
The California Fire was spread by heavy winds of more than 70 mph. It started on Sunday night. People are heavily effected by these fires as flights have been canceled, schools for the whole week have been closed and residents, business owners are suffering from many losses.
“These fires are a long way from being contained, so we’re doing the best we can. People that have been displaced and help them to hopefully rebuild their lives”, said Barry Dugan, a Sonoma county spokesperson.
The California Fire has surpassed the Oakland Hills Fire that killed 25 in 1991 and has become the deadliest in California’s history.
Firefighters have given statements, saying they have found completely unrecognizable bodies burned to the bones.
“We’ve found bones that were almost completely intact,” Giordano said at a morning news briefing.
“We’ve found bodies that are nothing more than ashes and bones,” said Giordano, Sheriff of Sonama county.
Thousand of firefighters are still working together to put out the fire and save people and find all the people who are missing. The destruction caused the fire would take a lot of time to recover from. Even after the fire is extinguished, the work would not finish because of the recovery of buildings, houses and businesses would still take a lot of time to work on.
The fires have put a strain on Federal resources, too. The hurricanes have not yet ended and the fires have started, the California Fire represents just one of 22 disasters that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is managing across the nation.
“9,900 full-time employees of FEMA camps are still working “in the field,” away from their assigned offices,” said Mike Cappannari, an agency spokesman.
The smoke and fire is so huge that it has made hazy clouds all over California. The fire is still nowhere near the end. The smoke and haze have become so thick, people are having a tough time breathing.
The sun can rarely be seen as the whole sky is full of grey-black clouds. Residents are trying to acquire air filtration masks which are all sold out. They are having to wear surgeon masks instead.
Families have taken shelter at the safe places and the highways are full of vehicles. People have filled their transports with personal belongings and food.
People are sharing stories of their survivals and of the people who have been missing. The California Fire is not only physically affecting the people but is also making them sick psychologically.
A fire fighter’s wife shares the story of how their house got destroyed. While her husband was putting out the fire in other area, he called his wife. He warned her that the fire may be coming at opposite direction to where their house was.
Heather Nappi after listening to her husband Robert, took her two year old daughter, their cat, some clothes and fled away. She says she thought they would come back next day. But her house got burned down and they have no place to go back to.
“I only grabbed a couple pieces of clothing just to get us through the night,” Heather Nappi said on Wednesday night.
“I thought we would be back the next day. … we had no clue that it was going to take our house.”
The Nappi’s no longer have a home just like their neighbors whose houses have become pile of debris and ash.
The California Fire has burned more than 191,000 acres of land. Most of the fire spread through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties turning everything it touches into ash and debris.
More than 20,000 people have already been ordered to evacuate from their homes. More than 8,000 firefighters are trying to end the fire using 73 helicopters, 30 planes and more than 750 fire trucks.
The California Fire is still burning with all its might and people need all the prayers. The fire still threatens more destruction to the Wine city. The source of the fire still remains unknown.
People are still missing and unaccounted for. Because of the fire, cell phone service is spotty as it took out cell phone towers. Authorities are saying many people cannot be found because of this problem.
Daniel, 71 has not been found since Sunday and his son Derek Southard is looking everywhere for his father. When the fire spread in their area of Santa Rosa, the son was away on a wedding.
“I had been texting him that day at the wedding. I told him I’ll call him that night. And then he never called me back,” said Southard.
“He texted me at midnight and asked if I was having fun at the wedding. I guess the fire came an hour or two after that.”
The Sheriff has checked their house. He told him that their house has burnt to the ground and his father’s car melted in the driveway.
“I’ve still got my fingers crossed that he made it out somehow,” he wrote on Facebook.
His neighbors told him that they barely had time to get out of their homes and couldn’t notify Daniel. His son revealed that his father takes sleeping pills and maybe didn’t hear people’s warning to escape.
Our hearts go out to the victims of California Fire.