By Katie Zhao, ’19

In what is believed to be the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, the wildfire blazed through swathes of Southern California, turning anything in its path to ash. 42 people were killed and around 8,900 structures were lost to the flames. According to The New York Times, the fire’s destruction was aided by “unusually high winds” that spread the fire rapidly.

Currently, not much is known about the cause, but according to Mercury News, power company PG&E was hit with a negligence lawsuit that claimed the company “failed to adequately maintain power lines”. Earlier reports that linked an undocumented immigrant to the fire were debunked by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Cleanup and restoration in the wine country will be a long and expensive process. In Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged her fellow congressmen to look past the rebuilding to help the region prevent or prepare for future natural disasters.