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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Personal Injuries on Thursday, December 14, 2017.
California’s Wildfires: Is the Cause the Same As in Previous Fires?

A series of raging wildfires are torching Southern California to the ground, wreaking havoc in the areas where many rich celebrities live.

Six major wildfires – with the biggest one, Thomas Fire, being larger than all of New York City – torching the state and prompting thousands of California residents to evacuate.

Fact: nearly 100,000 residents in the affected areas have been evacuated in recent days.

Thomas Fire one of the biggest wildfires in California’s history

California is no stranger to suffering from raging blazes, as Northern California was affected by over 250 wildfires igniting across the area and burning over 245,000 acres.

However, the Thomas Fire, one of the biggest wildfires in the state’s history, has already grown to more than 173,000 acres and was only 15% contained.

The fire, which ignited last Monday, is spreading abnormally fast, growing nearly an acre per second. At that rate, the Thomas Fire would burn through Manhattan’s Central Park in about 14 minutes, as estimated by Fox News.

As of Monday, December 11, only one fatality was reported, but it’s unclear how many Los Angeles residents have lost their lives in the raging wildfires.

Our personal injury attorneys at Law Offices of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP advise all California residents near the affected areas to stay safe and evacuate immediately, as the fires are moving exceptionally fast and unpredictably.

Why are wildfires raging in Los Angeles?

Experts say the wildfires in Los Angeles Southern California are being fuelled by some of the strongest Santa Ana winds in recent memory.

It’s the combination of Santa Ana winds and record-breaking dry conditions in Southern California that caused and aggravated wildfires in the state. In such conditions, eliminating fires becomes very difficult.

Fact: Los Angeles had .01 inches of rain this year, a low last seen in 1962.
The Thomas Fire has officially been proclaimed the biggest wildfire in Los Angeles since the Bel-Air fire affected many homes of celebrities and rich Californians in 1961.

In fact, the last time Santa Ana winds were this strong was in October 2007 – more than a decade ago. Winds reached more than 60 mph on Sunday, December 10, meaning that the risk of wildfires spreading remains high a week after the devastating blazes ignited in the state.

Los Angeles residents still in great danger

Los Angeles fire fighters receive a brush burning index report every day to assess the fire danger in the area. As of Thursday, the index skyrocketed to a record-breaking nearly 300, with 162 or higher being extreme.
While the Thomas Fire and the rest of the raging wildfires still continue torching Southern California, this year has already become the most expensive year for wildfires in the U.S. history totalling more than $10 billion in damages.

So far, the devastating fires have burned over 200,000 acres to the ground and ruined dozens of homes stretching from Ventura County to San Diego County.

The risk of getting injured – or even killed – remains extremely high in Los Angeles, as it’s the smoke – not the fire – that does most of the damage to humans.

While the exact reason of wildfires in California is being investigated to rule out negligence, our personal injury attorneys at Law Offices of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP will keep you informed if someone was responsible for the devastating fires.

In case the wildfires were the result of someone’s negligence or recklessness (or intentional acts, for that matter), you may be entitled to compensation in personal injury claims.

Consult our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys to know your best course of action in pursuing legal action against those responsible for your injuries, damages and losses. Call at 310-984-1297 or complete this contact form to get a free case evaluation.