Northern California has been devastated by wildfires, with winds helping spread the blaze across wine country.
Here are some of the numbers:
- Since Sunday, at least 23 people have been killed.
- 3,500 structures have been destroyed by the flames.
- Some 191,000 acres have been affected by the fires.
- Around 8,000 firefighters have been working to contain the disaster.
Glenn talked about why people got so little warning ahead of the fire and how local authorities weren’t prepared for an emergency.
“Lives are at stake, and those in charge didn’t know what to do,” he said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Five hundred buildings have already been destroyed. And this has zero containment. Twenty thousand people have been evacuated. Thousands have lost their power. Napa Valley has taken the worst of it. The images are straight apocalyptic. Entire communities have been wiped off of the map. Neighborhoods near Santa Rosa look like World War II pictures of Stalingrad or Hiroshima.
Rivers of wine are boiling as they leak out of scorched vineyards. Many residents are in the worst-hit areas that never even knew the fires were sweeping down on them. They had no idea until the last minute. All was quiet, until the shouts of frantic neighbors, jarred people awake and out of their homes.
As they walked out into their front yard, the sound of smoke detectors could be heard from nearby HEP sped down of added to the chaos, as families sped down the roads in desperation. There wasn’t any warning?
No. The answer is no. Why?
Well, for one, the cell towers are being wiped out. And the fires and the land lines are all being destroyed by these fires.
So you’re not — you’re not able to make a phone call. The area had access to the federal wireless emergency alert system.
But it isn’t clear now, at this point, if authorities even used it. And if so, why didn’t people receive anything?
San José, believe it or not, had this problem before. Just a few months ago, the city got nailed for not warning the public of destructive floodwaters. And a report found that there was a general lack of institutional knowledge on how to use the wireless emergency alert system.
So wait. How much did they pay for it? And nobody around knows how to use it?
Lives are at stake. And those in charge didn’t know what to do.
May I ask how this is possible in Silicon Valley?
I’m sorry. I do know how — I’m sorry. The government is in charge. That’s why the tech community needs to come together and ensure this doesn’t happen again. Because the local government is a joke. They usually are. They’re not getting it done.
A cold front is now blowing in, this morning, creating winds that will keep these fires moving fast. Again, zero containment. The carnage is expected to last at least until Saturday.
America has been a hard year, hasn’t it? From the hurricanes, one after the other, to massive floodwaters, to drought. And now, this.
But, you know what, it’s given us a chance to come together. It’s given us a chance to put things into perspective and find out what really matters. And who we really are. And who our neighbor — how we really feel about our neighbor.
May I ask, if you would like to help your fellow man, go to mercuryone.org now. Donate on the front page.
We are aiding the first responders now. Trying to get them the supplies that they need. And we need your help at mercuryone.org. If you don’t have a widow’s mite, that’s cool.
Send your prayers towards California today.