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Samantha Dahlberg

Smoke from California wildfires fills the sky as air quality worsens.

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California burns up from fires in north and south

Infamous for its sunny days and sandy beaches, the Golden State is gaining a new meaning, as fire rages through both its northern and southern ends.

With Camp Fire blazing in the north and the Woolsey Fire burning through the south, the entire state is crippled by tragedy and debilitating air quality.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index (AQI), Tuesday was measured at 152, which is ‘unhealthy.’ As a result, the EPA issued a health message advising people with heart disease, older adults, and children to avoid exertion.

Due to their highly destructive nature, many are worried about their safety and puzzled as to how these wildfires were caused.

Wildfires are blazes that are controlled by different types of weather, dry underbrush, and wind, which burn land by the acres and take over everything in their paths, in just a few minutes, according to Conserve Energy Future.

Schools throughout the state have issued days off due to the unhealthy quality of the air, as it poses a threat to those with lung conditions such as asthma. These dangerous levels represented on the AQI have also resulted in the cancellation of 16 total playoff football games, as the North Coast Section game schedule indicates.

This impediment to daily life leaves many wanting to help, but uncertain how to do so.

Local, regional, state, and even national organizations are implementing systems to provide relief for victims. They encourage donations to help the victims of the fires, repair the torched homes, and supporting first responders.

Here are some organizations to reach out to:

The sky is no longer blue in Malibu

‘Malibu’ singer’s home burned down in California wildfires

As the Woolsey Fire burns through Ventura County, celebrity homes are some of the first to fall. One of the many victims is singer and actress Miley Cyrus.

The “Hannah Montana” star tweeted out to her 40.4 million followers expressing her devastation surrounding the destruction of her Malibu home but is relieved that everyone, including her pets, was evacuated and physically unharmed.

Amidst the tragedy, Cyrus and other celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner and Robin Thicke have taken to their social media platforms encouraging their fans to donate to various organizations.

In an emotional tweet, Cyrus expressed her sadness and hope for the Ventura County community.

“My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong,” said Cyrus.


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It’s been a heartbreaking few days. This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires. I spent the day in Malibu yesterday and it was amazing to see the community pulling together to help each other out in any way they can. Malibu is a strong community and this event is only going to make it stronger. Thankful for the all the great local guys that helped keep smaller fires out around my property. I love u guys. I love you Malibu. Thank you to all the hero firefighters around California. It’s going to be a journey to rebuild. Stay strong all. To help/donate visit @malibufoundation and @happyhippiefdn

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