The state of California has been engulfed in flames. Wildfires are sweeping the area, as the residents prepare to face another blackout. Responders are on the scene and are doing their best to tackle the blaze, but as the rage of the fire increases, it seems to be getting extremely difficult to keep control. So, they've called for back-up...
California is burning.
via: Getty ImagesWildfires have been spreading quickly throughout the state, destroying anything in its path including people's homes.
There have been 560 fires so far, with some of them being the biggest on record.
via: Getty ImagesBy the end of last week, officials claimed that the fires had doubled in size, the worst being in the mountains to the south and east of San Francisco.
A lot of the other fires are in hard-to-reach areas.
via: Getty ImagesThis includes rocky terrain and non-accessible woodland areas that have been burning for days.
Reuters also recently reported that the flames are now reaching larger areas such as Santa Cruz.
via: Getty ImagesUniversity of California Santa Cruz has been affected as they are now one-mile off reaching the main campus in what has been described as "frightening speed."
Many residents have been forced to flee their homes and evacuate the area.
via: Getty ImagesDue to the intensity of the blazes, emergency services have issued warnings statewide, stressing the dangers of the situation.
Donald Trump is being urged to issue a presidential disaster declaration.
via: Getty Images700 buildings have been completely destroyed and the blaze has also claimed the lives of 6 innocent civilians and injured 43 more.
LA fire chief, Ralph Terrazas, has previously spoken out when the wildfires first started getting fierce.
via: Getty Images"They had to make some tough decisions on which houses they were able to protect," he said.
And now it seems as though even that level of protection is not enough.
via: Getty ImagesFirefighters from other states such as Oregon, New Mexico and Texas are rushing onto the scene with emergency equipment and extra bodies to help tackle the problem.
However, things are only getting worse.
via: Getty ImagesWith winds reaching approximately eighty miles an hour over the past two days, it is believed that they have aided the beastly fire in engulfing land at a quicker rate. Due to this reason, over 170,000 residents have been told to flee the area.
How was such a devastating blaze caused?
via: Getty ImagesWell, a record-breaking heatwave combined with a lightning storm of 11,000 strikes have resulted in the disastrous flames.
Experts have also stated that climate change has played a role in all of this.
via: Getty ImagesAs the temperature of the earth continues to rise, it is no secret that it has played a role in aiding the California fires.
The firefighters on the front line are working hard to tackle the blaze
via: Getty ImagesRight now, over 12,000 emergency service personnel have been deployed on the mission to get the fire under control and hopefully eradicate it before it causes more destruction.
However, this is easier said than done.
via: Getty ImagesIt has been reported that under half of the fire has actually been contained. Weather experts have claimed that winds are going to continue fanning the flames, which will only add more pressure to the people trying to regain control.
So this is why the state is pleading for help.
via: Getty ImagesGovernor Gavin Newsom has recently asked for help from firefighters in Australia and Canada in order to get the fires under control.
On Saturday, he said Australia was the home to the "world's best firefighters."
via: Getty ImagesAnd that's why he is asking for their help out on the front lines.
NSW RFS firefighters had previously been battling their own wildfires down under.
via: Getty ImagesThe bushfires started all the way back in the summer of 2019 and were finally put to an end in early 2020, but the aftermath was painful to see.
But because of their first-hand experience, they are said to be well-equipped to deal with these kinds of natural disasters.
via: Getty ImagesBen Shepherd, the NSW RFS spokesman told Daily Mail Australia this: "No formal request has been received but we believe one could be happening in the coming days."
via: Getty Images"Once that request is received, then the details would have to be worked out with other states and whether any deployment would be affected by COVID-19 restrictions."
He also added that there would be some hurdles they would have to jump over when the request is put through...
via: Getty ImagesFirstly, the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council and Emergency Management Australia would have to approve it and then figure out how many firefighters could be deployed and which agencies they would be taken from. There are also many restrictions that come with the current global pandemic that would have to be thought about.
But hopefully, once all that is decided, more fighter fighters can aid California in the battle to restrain the fires.
via: Getty ImagesIf approved, this will be the first-ever time that NSW RFS emergency services have ever been sent to the states. Let's just pray that this natural disaster comes to an end soon. In the meantime, you can read all about just how well-equipped Australian firefighters really are...