As of Tuesday night, the rampaging wildfire that had been tearing its way through Southern California had been 98 percent contained. Before the local services managed to get it under control, however, the blaze burned through 97,000 acres. How big is 97,000 acres you might ask? It’s ‘big enough to easily see from space’ big.
The #WoolseyFire in Southern California has left a scar on the landscape so large that it is easily visible from space. Learn how our @NASAEarth satellite data helps recovery efforts:https://t.co/ESlZhrXRiT pic.twitter.com/kD90Ste8QS— NASA (@NASA) November 20, 2018
Thanks to climate change, each year’s wildfires are worse than the last. The world’s governments have to take action soon, else California, for one, become a permanently blackened husk.
It can be incredibly disheartening, thinking about climate change and the disasters it brings and will bring. And while the time for comfort and indolence is way past over, it’s important sometimes to take some heart from the good that people are capable of. Like this quite incredible helicopter rescue of some stranded folk in Woolsey, the footage of which has just been released by California firefighters.
Watch as these guys go from soaring above the earth on a bright, clear day—
—to beginning their approach into what looks like an erupting volcano on the horizon—
—into a towering wall of smoke—
—into what looks like Armageddon itself.
As Mr Rogers said:
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.
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