Australian officials continued to struggle to contain the massive wildfires engulfing vast sections of the country Tuesday; arresting nearly 200 people since late 2019 for arson and looting.
“The fires, fueled by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia’s annual wildfire season. So far, the blazes have killed 25 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area twice the size of the state of Maryland,” reports Fox News.
“The NSW Police Force announced Monday that since Nov. 8, authorities have taken legal action against 183 people for fire-related offenses, including 24 individuals who have been charged for allegedly deliberately lighting bushfires – a crime punishable by up to 21 years in prison,” adds Fox.
“The NSW Police Force has taken legal action against more than 180 people for bushfire-related offences since late last year. Numerous bush and grass fires have impacted the state, claiming the lives of 18 people and destroying hundreds of millions of animals and livestock, thousands of homes, and more than 4.9 million hectares of land, so far this bushfire season. Since Friday 8 November 2019, legal action – which ranges from cautions through to criminal charges – has been taken against 183 people – including 40 juveniles – for 205 bushfire-related offences,” posted the official website of the New South Wales Police Force.
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Source: Fox News
AOC on Wildfires: ‘This is What Climate Change Looks Like,' US Has '10 Years' Left
Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed-in Monday on the ongoing wildfires ravaging hundreds of acres in California; saying “this is what climate change looks like.”
“This is what climate change looks like. The GOP like to mock scientific warnings about climate change as exaggeration. But just look around: it’s already starting. We have 10 years to cut carbon emissions in half. If we don’t, scenes like this can get much worse,” posted Ocasio-Cortez on social media.
This is what climate change looks like.
The GOP like to mock scientific warnings about climate change as exaggeration. But just look around: it’s already starting.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 28, 2019
Original Story: October 28, 2019
Two sets of California wildfires fueled by hurricane-force winds devastated California Monday; threatening more than 10,000 buildings in West Los Angeles and countless homes in Northern California.
“Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the west side of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their homes,” reports the Associated Press.
“California’s biggest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, cut off power to an estimated 2.5 million people in the northern part of the state over the weekend in yet another round of blackouts aimed at preventing windblown electrical equipment from sparking more fires. And more shut-offs are possible in the next few days,” adds the AP.
The current blaze around Los Angeles has grown to 500 acres.
“I pray for all the families in the area that could be affected,” posted Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. “Pretty please get to safety ASAP.”
I 🙏🏾 for all the families in the area that could be affected by these 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 now! Pretty please get to safety ASAP
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
My best wishes as well to the first responders⛑ right now doing what they do best! 🙏🏾💪🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
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CALIFORNIA CATASTROPHE: 77 Dead, 1000 Missing, 10K Homes Destroyed in West Coast Wildfires
The official death count in California’s devastating wildfires rose to 77 people Monday, with over 1,000 people still missing as first responders rush to towns and communities totally destroyed by the inferno.
According to Reuters, 77 people are confirmed dead, approximately 1,000 people are missing, and over 10,364 homes have been totally destroyed in the wildfires.
“We have been told we’re to look as hard as we can, but it’s still possible we may not be able to find something left of someone,” said one volunteer. “If the fire stayed long enough and burned hot enough, the bones could, at a minimum, be fragmented down to such a small amount that we couldn’t see them, and it’s possible that even the dogs might not be able to detect them.”
Local officials urged residents to examine the current list of missing persons; hoping family members and friends could notify authorities should they have information that any of those individuals are safe.
Read the full report at Reuters.