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Inmate firefighters battle a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries, fire officials said Saturday as blazes threatened homes around California during a heat wave. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Inmate firefighters battle a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries, fire officials said Saturday as blazes threatened homes around California during a heat wave. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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Inmate firefighters battle a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries, fire officials said Saturday as blazes threatened homes around California during a heat wave. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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On the night of October 9th, residents in Northern California were forced to flee their homes due to the destructive fires that began to rip through their communities. The skies were a hazy orange, the winds were extremely powerful, and the aroma of smoke filled the air. According to CNN, four factors that contributed to these fires have been strong winds, the time when the fires started, dried vegetables on the ground, and the dry weather conditions. The fires originated in California’s wine country and so far, the deadliest of them all has been the Tubbs fire. Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, Calistoga, Geyserville, and Anaheim have been severely damaged. Over twenty thousand people have fled from their homes and businesses have been lost as well as lives and memories kept inside of all the houses ruined. The death toll has gone up to at least thirty-one people and among those were Charles and Sara Rippey. The two knew each other for over ninety years and moved to California after living on the East Coast. Their son, Mike, told CNN that he thinks that when the fire happened, Charles went to save Sara, but from the remains they found, he never reached the room she was in. These fires affect everyone as a whole, not just the residents in the area. For example, a huge amount of crops has been destroyed and the air quality is terrible outside causing many to have difficulty breathing. These fires have yet to stop but we can all help during disasters like these. You can donate to help the Fire Relief at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/CAfirerelief or volunteer with The American Red Cross here: http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer#step1

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