Wildfire disaster in California, USA

This video from the USA is called Lake Forest (Santiago Canyon) Fire footage (California).

By Kevin Mitchell and Andrea Peters in the USA:

Wildfires engulf Southern California

As many as 1 million flee as almost 500,000 acres burn

24 October 2007

Massive wildfires have engulfed large swaths of southern California in the US, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and seek refuge in stadiums and other safe locations. As of the writing of this report, state officials and news agencies estimate that between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people have been forced to evacuate as a result of fires that began on Sunday. …

As with other natural disasters, the California fires are exposing the inadequate and strained character of social infrastructure in the US.

According to an article published on Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times, since 2003, when the region was devastated by wildfires, only one new fire station has been built, and many of the county’s fire departments are chronically under-funded and understaffed. Aside from more air support, an automated call system, and a better communications system, little progress has been made in improving the fire-fighting infrastructure and equipment over the past four years.

Mercury Emissions from U.S. Forest Fires: here.

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