Right now, in Southern California, more than 8,300 firemen are still fighting the Thomas fire. Yesterday, one of those brave men unfortunately died. He is the 2nd person overall to die from the wildfires in California.
His name is Cory Iverson. He was a 32-year old father to a 2-year old daughter and with a baby girl on the way. He worked for the San Diego unit in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for at least 8 years. The cause of his death is still being investigated.
So far the Thomas fire has destroyed at least 379 square miles. California has spent almost $75 million in fighting the fire. It is now the 4th largest fire in California’s history. The biggest challenge is that there continues to be waves of strong and dry winds. It will last into the weekend. This gives the firemen a difficult time in trying to keep the fire contained. Officials say that it won’t be until at least January 7th until the fire is fully under control.
Let’s hope it is sooner! Our thoughts are with those in California.