STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Over 20,000 Californians displaced by wildfires, wait to return home

For too many Californians, wildfire season has turned into a series of upheavals that starts with a terror of approaching flames.

Published: 03rd August 2018 04:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2018 05:24 PM   |  A+A-

A firefighter walks around a pool of a home sprayed by phos-chek fire retardant after an air tanker made a pass while fighting a wildfire on Scotts Valley Road near Lakeport, Calif. (Photo | AP)

By PTI

SAN FRANSISCO: More than 20,000 evacuees still have not been allowed to return to neighbourhoods in burnt out Shasta County, home to the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history.

For too many Californians, wildfire season has turned into a series of upheavals that starts with a terror of approaching flames.

That soon gives way to an anxious scramble for shelter, followed by tense days of waiting. Others continue working as they live out of hotels, relatives' homes or in sleeping bags at work.

ALSO READ | Wildfires scorching homes, land and California's budget

Robert Tierney Jr is among some three dozen employees and volunteers at Redding's Dignity Health Mercy Medical who are coming to work even though their homes were damaged or destroyed.

He says he needs to pay bills and that he's grateful for a job.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp