56 dead. Nearly 300 missing. 135,000 acres and 8,817 structures burned. The Camp Fire in Butte County is already the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history, and it isn’t even fully contained yet.
According to California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), among those who have lost everything in this fire are dozens who work in California’s solar industry – including one family with a newborn, and another family with a child due in two weeks.
But let it not be said that the solar industry does not take care of its own. In this case, last Friday CALSSA set up a GoFundMe page to provide extra support for employees of solar companies and their families who have been affected by this most damaging of natural disasters.
The page started with an initial goal of $2,000, but at last count had raised more than $17,900 in five days, with two individuals alone giving $1,000 each.
And on that note, this fire serves as another reminder that in sharp contrast to President Trump’s absurd attempts to shift the blame, a number of scientists and fire experts have declared that these wildfires are becoming more common and more devastating due to man-made Climate Change, and in particular changing weather and precipitation patterns in the Golden State.
As such, the historic task of decarbonizing our electricity and transportation systems cannot be accomplished fast enough.