A firefighter who has been working tirelessly to tackle the California wildfires lost his entire family in a house fire whilst he was out at work.
This is an unbelievably tragic loss...
Right now, we as a country are suffering immensely.
via: GettyWildfires have been tearing through California and they are showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.
These uncontrollable fires occur in areas with a hot climate...
via: GettySo they're very common in places such as Australia, Africa, South-East Asia, South America... and even here in the United States.
Even though a small percentage of wildfires are caused by human activity...
Take the Australian bushfires at the start of this year, for example.
via: GettyIgniting in December of 2019 and finally burning out in March of this year, Australia faced one of their most deadly summers in decades.
The fires were utterly devastating.
via: GettyThirty-four people in total lost their lives and more than 2,700 homes were completely destroyed by the flames.
Australia's wildlife numbers may never be the same ever again.estimated that approximately 8,000 koala bears perished in the bushfires alongside thousands of other animals and birds.
It was an utterly tragic time for Australia.
via: GettyEven though they're now healing thanks to the help of volunteers all around the world, the 2020 bushfires are something the country will never get over.
via: GettyWe're the ones who are suffering.
For the last month, California has been ravaged by wildfires.
via: GettyThe deadly flames have so far burnt over 2 million acres and sadly, there is no end in sight.
Firefighters from all across the country have been working tirelessly to try and ease the flames...
via: GettyBut they simply can't put a stop to the fast-spreading fires thanks to a reported 12,000 lightning strikes across the state in the last few weeks.
Thousands of people have been injured by the flames alongside thousands of homes being so far destroyed...
via: GettyAnd it seems that California is steadily heading down the same treacherous path as Australia.
It's utterly devastating to see this happening...
via: GettyAnd things took a turn for the worst last month when a helicopter pilot lost his life after his aircraft crashed whilst pouring water over the flames. 9 others have also been confirmed to have died.
There's no hope in sight...
via: GettyAnd now, the states of Washington, Utah, Oregon, and Colorado are battling intense heatwaves caused by the wildfires... including a few more blazes that have been sparked.
In Oregon and Idaho, fires close to power lines shut off the electricity...
Northwest Oregon is currently under an extremely critical fire weather warning. This is only the second time ever t… https://t.co/RdLeSUAoFU— Oregon Climate Office (@Oregon Climate Office)1599500378.0
It has also been reported that the town of Malden in Washington has been "completely decimated".
Whitman County Sheriff estimated 70-80% of homes in Malden are destroyed, burned down to the foundation. Cars and p… https://t.co/qpAWLaG9OR— Kyle Simchuk (@Kyle Simchuk)1599525950.0
Malden has a population of roughly 300 people...
@kxly4news Malden/Pine City. My brother saved his home. According to him the only one left standing. Said he was w… https://t.co/RGVP6C2TdU— C Frick (@C Frick)1599525275.0
And just when we thought things couldn't get any more tragic than they already are...
Raul Garcia-Santos works as a firefighter in Benton City, Washington...
via: GettyAnd like many, he has been tirelessly tackling the uncontrollable flames that have engulfed the majority of the state.
On the 27th of August, Raul was out in Okanogan County battling the Palmer Fire when disaster struck.
via: GettyHis wife, Marcaria Garcia-Martinez, and their daughters Luz, seventeen, Michelle, 6, and their son Luis, fifteen, were caught up in a terrible situation when the trailer they were sleeping in was engulfed in flames from a nearby wildfire that came out of nowhere.
The fire was so hot that it burned another trailer that was close by...
via: GettyBut how were the family unable to escape? Chief Duncan told the media that while Benton County Fire Protection has programs that provide free smoke detectors, Mr. Garcia-Santos' trailer was either not equipped with ones that were working or they had not been fitted at all.
There was nothing that could be done for the family.
It's an unbelievably tragic loss.
via: Getty"It's a very sad case and it reiterates the fact that smoke detectors save lives," Chief Duncan said.
A GoFundMe Page has been set up to help Raul through these unimaginable times.
via: GettyThe page reads: "A family of 4 passed in a house fire they have no family here in the state of Washington just close friends I’d appreciate any help that we could get."
Rest in Peace, Marcaria, Luz, Michelle, and Luis.
via: GettyOur deepest condolences go out to Raul and his family during this deeply distressing time.