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5 Things To Understand About The Wildfires In California

The Golden State is now blazing red and orange.


1. What the situation is

There are three major wildfires currently spreading across the state of California. Named Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire, and Hill Fire, the three fires together have created mass destruction and devastation since the 8th of November. While first responders try to contain this natural disaster, citizens have been forced to flee their homes; leaving their things, and often their entire lives behind.

2. How dangerous the fires are

Camp Fire, which exists in Northern California, specifically Butte County, has been deemed the worst wildfire in the state's history. The death toll from all three fires has risen to 50, with numerous more missing or injured. The danger of the fires surrounds the fact that the fires are so difficult to contain. With 18% of California currently experiencing drought, the land is dry and vulnerable. The heavy winds in the state cause the flames to spread quickly, often too fast for first responders to keep up. Additionally, the rough terrain in the state, such as canyons and hillsides, act as breeding grounds for fires, but are often unsafe for onground firefighters.

3. How much land the fires cover

Separate from one another, Camp Fire covers 135,000 acres, Woolsey Fire covers 97,620 acres, and Hill Fire covers 4,531 acres. Together, this makes the span of the fires 237,151 acres, or according to NBC News, the size of 16 Manhattans.

4. Who and what have been affected

Homes, families, and first responders have all been greatly affected. According to CBS News, around 52,000 have been evacuated, and around 7,600 homes have been destroyed. The amount of first responders rounds to about 5,615 active members of local fire departments currently fighting the fires. While those who have fled to shelters seek safety, the reality of them returning to their homes in one piece is highly unlikely. For many the flames have destroyed everything they have worked for, and they will likely face immense hardship and reconstruction for years to come.

5. How you can help

Numerous organizations have dedicated their websites to being a place for relief funds for both families affected by the fires and first responders. For more information or to donate, visit one of these websites to show your support for those in need at this time.

The California Fire Foundation

The California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund

Caring Choices

The American Red Cross

Entertainment Industry Foundation - created by celebrities to help fund firefighters and other first responders battling the flames.

The Salvation Army

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

And the music video may be even better.


Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

Earth is the only planet we have; thus, we need to show how much we love it by actually taking action to care for it.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.


1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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