NASA Astronaut posted on Twitter a few photos looking down from space of where the California wildfire once was that destroyed a huge chunk of what was sacredly being kept a forest and painted the sky orange for a good bit. Chris Cassidy is a NASA astronaut currently staying at the International Space Station or ISS.
The astronaut noted in a tweet that it was hard for him to imagine that the pictures shown were pictures of where the destructive California fires once were. He stated that he was also thinking of all of the different families and communities that were dealing with the whole catastrophic state of emergency. Chris Cassidy then said that to all of the firefighters that were working around the clock in order to save as much as they possibly could, Thank You.
It is hard to even imagine the destruction of the California fires. Thinking of all the families and communities who are still dealing with this catastrophic state of emergency. #ThankYou to all of the fire fighters working around the clock to save as much as possible. pic.twitter.com/yRE1MbnkvM — Chris Cassidy (@Astro_SEAL) October 1, 2020
Previous California wildfire
The previous California fire has burned about four million acres all across California in the year 2020 alone and over 8,000 buildings and structures have either been damaged or even destroyed, according to the California fire officials.
The devastation of the fire, in combination with the whole impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, has longtime residents just like Jan Zakin quite exhausted by the whole cycle of both worry and also repeated evacuations. According to Zakin, it is still very devastating that this thing could happen again. She stated to CNN that it still does not stop and that they just had it happen about a month ago as well as the previous year. She stated that it was like she can't really run away from the known fires.
Although other Californians have already made the decision to finally relocate together, Zakin's status is quite complicated because they actually own vineyards that are situated across 150 acres and are still deeply tied to this property ever since their purchase back in 1998. Zakin said that due to the recent evacuation, they are now reconsidering if they really should stay.
The dangers of the California wildfire
The Glass Fire in both Napa and Sonoma counties has burned a total of 56,781 acers ever since it sparked out and the Zogg Fire over in Tehama and Shasta counties have also scorched about 55,303 acres according to the Cal Fire.
Wildfires are actually a natural part of California's own landscape but the current year's wildfires have been extremely devastating due to the warmer temperatures in both spring and summer, earlier snowmelt, and reduced snowpack are all creating longer as well as more intense dry seasons. Climate change has also been a key driver of this current trend and is making forests even more susceptible to these severe fires according to Cal Fire.
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Written by Urian Buenconsejo