The California fires began ripping through neighborhoods and forests late last week and the aftermath has been horrific and heartbreaking.
In southern California, the fires rolled down the hill toward the Los Angeles Zoo, sparking an evacuation of the animals. The rich and famous were forced from their homes in Malibu, proving no amount of money can stop a raging California wildfire.
In northern California, a town called Paradise turned into an absolute hell as 50-mile-per-hour winds forced fast evacuations with some people escaping with only the clothes on their backs.
According to one fire chief, climate change is part of the reason these fires are getting worse. This time of year should be rainier in California, but no rain has come. Now, the area's forests and wooded hillsides are a pile of fuel for any fire that sparks.
“The fact of the matter is if you look at the state of California, climate challenge is happening statewide,” Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Osby said. He added, “it is going to be here for the foreseeable future”.
Southern California was built primarily in a desert, which worked when water could be rerouted from the normally saturated northern part of the state. But as waters have dried in the north, the area has begun to struggle.
The so-called "campfire" fire has grown so large that it is now California's largest in history.
See the photos and videos below:
INFERNO: Aerial view shows an extensive amount of land the Woolsey Fire is burning. The deadly blaze forced the eva… https://t.co/DZH6hPno3L— ABC News (@ABC News)1541967718.0
A firefighter in Paradise, California is seen saving an American flag from rubble near a home destroyed by the Camp… https://t.co/5Wqc8wzKky— CBS News (@CBS News)1541968204.0
These fires in California are insane 😳🙏 @KevinGarnett5KG https://t.co/UqMyAOwSWz— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTARHIPHOP)1541888090.0
"We're entering a new normal. Things are not the way they were 10 years ago": California fire officials warn that w… https://t.co/K0eSVeaRUz— CBS News (@CBS News)1541958193.0
This was filmed Friday night about 100 yards from our home. Winds are up again. This is devastating to so many peop… https://t.co/pwt65NTi1a— Richard Marx (@Richard Marx)1541969648.0
Massive 747 from @GlobalSuperTank fighting fires in California. Video by @svqjournalist #Heroes #Brave… https://t.co/5ltlN4OBk6— Antonio Paris (@Antonio Paris)1541936566.0
More apocolypic scenes from California. We now have fire tornados. https://t.co/8IGpd9ZEys— Gissur Simonarson 🇮🇸🏴 (@Gissur Simonarson 🇮🇸🏴)1541932529.0
Thinking about #Malibu, and the people and homes affected by the fires. 🙏🏾 I’m sending strength and support to the… https://t.co/FE3cDkZ8KK— LLCOOLJ (@LLCOOLJ)1541973806.0
These are all the fires burning in California right now https://t.co/d8amZo3WIw https://t.co/efcEnrtDkL— Los Angeles Times (@Los Angeles Times)1541954106.0
HELP Reunite This Rescue For The California Fires: Female Dog Was Rescued by YCAS Officer Share & Portland Fire De… https://t.co/TwIV2A1MpY— Christmas 2020🎄 (@Christmas 2020🎄)1541971174.0
Evacuation orders HAVE NOT been lifted for the 75,000 Los Angeles County homes within the Woolsey Fire Evacuation A… https://t.co/PxCtpOhhN8— LA County Sheriffs (@LA County Sheriffs)1541969738.0
A lot of friends live where the fires r burning .. thank u to all the fire police and first responders risking all… https://t.co/EZ9WkpHZfy— Billy Idol (@Billy Idol)1541956567.0
Where my house used to be. #campfire #Paradise #fire #WoolseyFire #CaliforniaFires #burned https://t.co/xX1NhsrmTR— Forrest Glenn (@Forrest Glenn)1541964043.0
A special thanks to all the firefighters and first responders who are battling the wild fires in California. I salu… https://t.co/dZ33nH4YsY— Antonio Paris (@Antonio Paris)1541934920.0
Please pray for the fire victims in California 🙏🏾 https://t.co/NBhlj6GQ1a— Hungry for 6 (@Hungry for 6)1541951022.0
Evacuation orders and road closures for Woolsey Fire, Hill Fire https://t.co/nYnPEBe6xv https://t.co/fSMjVqceGF— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7 Eyewitness News)1541973529.0
Meanwhile in Malibu Canyon fire fighters are battling spot fires that keep popping up. One after another, helicopte… https://t.co/n2WmpHRGUC— Benjamin Oreskes🦅 (@Benjamin Oreskes🦅)1541970678.0
This is another home in Zuma Canyon that firefighters had just finished extinguishing. #WoosleyFires https://t.co/pcQzKCKCuW— Benjamin Oreskes🦅 (@Benjamin Oreskes🦅)1541970483.0
Multi-million dollar homes in the Malibu Sea View Estates gone. #Woolseyfires https://t.co/4IfqNSizhT— Benjamin Oreskes🦅 (@Benjamin Oreskes🦅)1541970393.0
Service has been really limited up in Malibu. I spent the last couple of hours in Zuma Canyon which was really hit… https://t.co/eLid9nY0U9— Benjamin Oreskes🦅 (@Benjamin Oreskes🦅)1541966752.0
The County of Los Angeles Dept of Animal Care and Control is in need of Veterinarians and/RVT volunteers to help lo… https://t.co/tIyjJEuh9M— Michael D. Lairmore (@Michael D. Lairmore)1541961732.0
Keeping everyone affected by the fires in our prayers 🙏🏼 So grateful for the amazing firefighters, first responders… https://t.co/AqPcrnX1f8— Kylie Cosmetics (@Kylie Cosmetics)1541969600.0
Gov. Jerry Brown has requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, citing the devastating fires burning in N… https://t.co/VyUfXTLBQ7— Los Angeles Times (@Los Angeles Times)1541960284.0
Singer Robin Thicke returns to home to find it in ruins after devastating fire https://t.co/Uxap754A6Q https://t.co/sCbV74S7Im— Mirror Celeb (@Mirror Celeb)1541949303.0
Fire Captain Steve Millosovich carries crate of cats rescued from California fires Friday. Thank you, sir. @CAL_FIRE https://t.co/5qaZMHAofY— Lorenzo The Cat (@Lorenzo The Cat)1541891408.0
Thank you to all the firefighters in California working through fatigue and risking their lives to put out these fi… https://t.co/bqifp0bF9M— Chris Soria (@Chris Soria)1541893937.0
Within 24 hours, the Camp Fire burned more than 20,000 acres, and virtually destroyed the town of Paradise, Califor… https://t.co/yMKuMxhkjE— The Atlantic (@The Atlantic)1541848896.0
An amazing (sad) photo from today's LATimes that summarizes fire damage to people and wildlife in California. An ow… https://t.co/pnOKA8oF4O— le operateur (@le operateur)1541810309.0
Authorities say at least 23 people have been killed by the Camp Fire in Northern California https://t.co/ItB4JOJyka https://t.co/wrUHG5xmnv— CBS News (@CBS News)1541903628.0
Camp Fire is now California's most destructive wildfire https://t.co/ogD3isawvU https://t.co/R0K3nmsbs4— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7 Eyewitness News)1541972923.0
#UPDATE The death toll from the most destructive fire to hit California rises to 23 as rescue workers recover more… https://t.co/9eVSBigoUK— AFP News Agency (@AFP News Agency)1541907945.0
Photos: The Woolsey Fire Leaves Devastation in Malibu, California - 35 recent images from Southern California, of o… https://t.co/xuVvCGxXc4— The Atlantic Photo (@The Atlantic Photo)1541959806.0
Following days of terrible news in Southern California, Lynn and I were so happy to hear that our buddy, Stanley, m… https://t.co/1sSJkYmvjl— Eddie McClintock (@Eddie McClintock)1541881694.0
A scene from the Woolsey fire tonight in Malibu. Terrible times for Malibu residents, another sad day for Californi… https://t.co/MPtEvfmM25— Genaro Molina (@Genaro Molina)1541830391.0