Wildfires Devastate California

Firefighters sometimes take to the skies to put out fires.

Two major wildfires are devastating California. Many people have been forced to evacuate their homes [leave their homes for a safer place].

The Camp Fire is burning in Northern California. It is named the Camp Fire because it started near Camp Creek Road. It is the deadliest wildfire in the United States in a century.

In Southern California, the Woolsey Fire is raging. It is called the Woolsey Fire because it started on Woolsey Canyon Road. It is burning through communities near Los Angeles.

Why are there so many fires? Dry ground and heavy winds have made these fires spread quickly. Firefighters are working hard to stop the fires. They cut down plants and trees around the fire so that it will stop burning. They also drop water on the fire from airplanes and helicopters.

Thanks to firefighters, the fires are not spreading as fast. However, the communities they have damaged will take years to recover.

What Can You Do? Many people will lose their homes during these fires. Research charities that help people after disasters.

Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ed Drew