Westcoast wildfires may cause relocation

Once again it seems that another wildfire has reared its ugly head in the third largest U.S. state.

On Sunday morning, nearly 750 acres of forest was burned to the ground near Los Angeles. According to national reports, nearly 400 firefighters were on the scene trying to get the blaze under control.

Tuesday morning, according to CNN.com, wildfires starting from Santa Ana winds were so disastrous throughout south California that many families were forced to leave their homes.

The fire caused massive devastation, two people were killed and 39 homes destroyed. A 1,200 individuals were evacuated right before the fire intensified Sunday.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Officials asked President George Bush to issue a federal disaster declaration. Hopefully, Bush takes this situation more seriously and responds faster than he did when hurricane Katrina hit.

California wildfires are not new. However, considering the fact that the state has been struck by several fires this year, perhaps some residents should think about relocating. The places the wildfires often occur can be compared to the homes located by the Gulf, where hurricanes tend to strike.

Los Angeles has always been a favorite spot for tourists and people looking to break into the entertainment industry, but if these fires keep up, the city may move to the bottom of the list for favorite destinations.

Earlena Boswell for the editorial board.