2018 California Fires
The Firestorm over Malibu as seen from "Paradise Cove" on 10th November, 2018
|Date||2018/04/03 - 2018/11/22|
|Blamed on||Climate Change|
|Description||At the time the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season ever recorded in California.|
The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season in California history. It was also the largest on record at the time, now second to the 2020 California wildfire season. In 2018, there were a total of 103 confirmed fatalities, 24,226 structures damaged or destroyed, and 8,527 fires burning 1,975,086 acres (799,289 ha), about 2% of the state's 100 million acres of land. Through the end of August 2018, Cal Fire alone spent $432 million on operations. The catastrophic Camp Fire alone accounted for at least 85 lives, 18,804 razed buildings, and $16.5 billion in property damage, while overall, the fires amounted to at least $26.347 billion.
According to Mother Jones the fires were due to:
- Climate change which has made the weather hotter and created lots of dry, brittle undergrowth that made perfect tinder for wildfires
- Fires settled down a bit at night when temps went down, which did not occur this time around
- The timber industry has clear-cut California forests and replaced them with dense new plantings. These new “forests” have no natural firebreaks to stop fires from spreading at high speed
- The local power company, PG&E, is unusually greedy and has refused to spend the money necessary to clear trees from around its power lines. Every stray spark from a PG&E line was a potential fire starter
Pacific Gas & Electric ruling
In 2020 PG&E pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the 2018 northern California fire and acknowledged that it neglected its equipment that set off the fire which destroyed most of the Northern California town of Paradise in 2018.
|Operation Paradise Falls||article||CovertCalifornia||Article uploaded by the Wikispooks user CovertCalifornia|
The Official Culprit
|"Climate change"||the dogma that rise in CO2 levels correspond to a (as of yet non-significant) rise in temperature and that the world is ahead of an apocalyptic disaster|