two weeks in the West

Hoekenga, Christine
November 2007
High Country News;11/12/2007, Vol. 39 Issue 21, p3
The article reports on the effect of wildfire that occur in October 2007 in Southern California. Thousands of residents fled their homes as smoke billowed from buildings and 70 mile-an-hour Santa Ana winds whipped flames across landscape. Accordingly, seven people were killed, more than 2,000 homes were burned and more than 300,000 were ordered to evacuate before the winds died down and firefighters could control the flames. According to Neal Hitchcock, director of operations for the Forest Service, fires are behaving much more aggressively much earlier in the year and the last five years were a lot more severe in terms of acres burned.


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