The California fires in heartbreaking numbers
It’s been 10 days since the California wildfires started and US officials predict they are far from over.
According to CNN, the state’s forestry and fire protection agency, Cal Fire, said the blazes may go on until November 30.
“This is unprecedented. No one has had to deal with this magnitude that caused so much destruction and, regrettably, so much death,” said a local sheriff.
The latest figures, released on Sunday by officials, state that 150,000 acres of land have been scorched, almost a third of the size of Johannesburg.
Firefighters have only managed to contain 65% of the fires, described as the deadliest in the history of California.
The death toll, which has risen to 79, is expected to increase as firefighters continue to battle the flames.
Rescue personnel are searching for nearly 1,000 people who have gone missing.
However, authorities said there may be duplicate names on their database because the missing-person reports were filed from phone calls, emails and other sources.
13,000 buildings damaged
On Friday, Forbes reported that 13,000 buildings have been affected and the insurance industry is bracing itself for massive claims.
California skies are shrouded in smoke as the #CampFire continues to rage. The fire has been fueled by dry conditions & Santa Ana winds. Our @NASAEarth satellite captured this image on Nov. 14—actively burning fires are shown as red points. https://t.co/ko4aGNKj5h pic.twitter.com/F4IdCYd4qY— NASA (@NASA) November 16, 2018
Perhaps the most heartbreaking accounts of the fires are those provided by US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) images, which put into perspective the true scale of the damage and loss experienced by the people of California.
The images show a cloud hovering above the state, a sight visible from space.