Fires in California: an unprecedented disaster

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The drought has been raging in California for several years now, but in 2020, the situation is on an unprecedented scale. This western American state is currently accumulating more than 20 fires and the fire has consumed more than 10,000 square kilometers this year, a record since these data were compiled. Zoom on the impact of major fires on the Californian population and on the causes / consequences of deforestation.
 

The drought has been raging in California for several years now, but in 2020, the situation is on an unprecedented scale. This western American state is currently accumulating more than 20 fires and the fire has consumed more than 10,000 square kilometers this year, a record since these data were compiled (1987). This catastrophic scenario is unfortunately not about to end:

“This is not a new normal, this is a new abnormality. And this new abnormality will continue, probably in the next 10 to 15 or 20 years, estimated the governor of California, Jerry Brown, Sunday. Unfortunately, the best science tells us that the drought, the heat, all of those things are going to intensify. ”

La Presse, November 12, 2018

As of September 7, 14,100 firefighters are fighting 24 fires in California. The region of Fresno, in the north, is the most affected where nearly 1,000 firefighters are focused on controlling the fire dubbed Creek Fire which spans more than 65,000 hectares alone.

" The conditions are so dry, so hot, so windy, because the climate has changed, said the governor, adding that more than 100,000 people were without electricity. The small town of Malden has been almost completely destroyed. The fire station, the post office and the town hall totally burned, said Sheriff Brett Myers. There are no words to describe the extent of the damage. "

Radio-Canada, September 10, 2020

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