The wildfire of California has made headline news as one of the worst to hit the US State to date. The fires not only took the homes of thousands of people after having to evacuate the area, but they were close to creeping up the highways of more southern parts of California near larger urban areas.
Video footage posted online by ABC7 showed the Peak Fire burning right up to the edge of an extremely busy Highway 118 in Ventura Country, only feet away from the moving vehicles. The fire close to the autoroute forces passing motorists to drive in lanes as far from the edge of the fire as possible to avoid coming into contact with the flames, meanwhile, firefighters worked endlessly to battle the blaze.
Insane footage of the California fires. 🎥 via @abc7la pic.twitter.com/8M0DxB3xM2— Lori McNee (@lorimcneeartist) November 13, 2018
As damaging as the Peak Fire has been, the California Fire Officials have released a statement, notifying residents that the fire, which burned over 186 acres of land, has now been 100 percent contained. The good news comes shortly after more footage of the fire was released, showing just how scary the events truly were. The videos released by news helicopters really depicts the horrific reality that countless Californians endured during the fire, and the lengths that they had to go in order to maintain a sense of normalcy during these deadly fires.
It is not every day you see massive helicopter drop loads of water atop a raging fire while you drive amongst other cars on a highway during rush hour traffic. Scenes across the state are truly difficult to see, particularly the town of Paradise, California, which has been completely wiped out by the Camp Fire. Although the Peak Fire has been contained, areas of Southern California remain affected by both the Woolsey Fire, and Hill Fire, which has burned a combined 100,000 acres, according to Mashable.
Luckily, Hill Fire has been said to be 90 percent contained, while Woolsey Fire and Camp Fire are only 35 percent contained. In the meantime, while first responders risk their lives for the people of California, here are ways you can help the victims of these wildfires!