By Patrick MartinPublished April 02, 2018 05:05:13If you’ve been following the natural gas fire in the U.S., you know it’s deadly.
According to the USGS, at least 20 people have died as a result of natural gas fires in California since the beginning of the year, with more than 100 people still in hospitals and homes.
But that’s not all.
According to the Los Angeles Times, at the time of the fire, the total amount of natural firefighting resources available to the state was just under 6 million gallons.
So how much do we really need to protect our natural gas supply?
The Los Angeles County Fire Department estimates that a full quarter of the total available resources for natural gas operations in California are actually devoted to protecting natural gas infrastructure.
According the LA Times, the fire has destroyed or severely damaged more than 80% of the natural fuel infrastructure in California, with the firefighting efforts costing the county $1.4 billion.
The fire has also damaged or destroyed more than 4 million acres of land, the newspaper reports, adding that the destruction and damage “will likely take years to completely repair.”
The LA Times reports that the natural fire has already caused more than 1,100 fires across California.
It’s estimated that at least 4,000 homes in the state have been destroyed by the fire.
The LA Times states that the total damage to properties and businesses is estimated to be $3.8 billion.
According To The LA Sun, at a minimum, the natural and gas firefighting equipment is only about half the size of the one the city has to contend with.
The LA Sun reports that while there’s an estimated 4,300 firefighters in the field, it’s estimated there’s only about 3,000 of those fighting the fire right now.
The fire has been raging in the Sonoma County for over a month, according to the LA Daily News, with crews working to contain the fire and fight the flames.
The fires has been fueled by an unprecedented heat wave, which has forced the closure of more than a dozen roads in Sonoma county.