California has been devastated by the fires over the past week. The current fires are caused by a combination of climate change and weather conditions. The blaze started last Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles north-west of central Los Angeles. The death toll has risen to 31, with over 200 people still missing and with strengthening winds threatening to spread the flames. The fire is forcing massive evacuation – an estimated 250,000 people have already been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.
The fire equals the deadliest on record in California – the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.
It is leaving a major destructive path that is also threatening luxury resorts and buildings in Malibu, with many VIPs losing their homes, like Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, Neil Youngand actor Gerard Butler.
Musician Neil Young wrote: “I have lost my home before to a California wildfire, now another. We are vulnerable because of climate change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.”
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wanted to show his support and cooked BBQ for the firefighters at Fire Station 88 in Calabasas on Monday night, to thank them for their awesome and relentless efforts in tackling the wildfires.
Grohl is a big fan of BBQ and not long ago, he compared cooking BBQ to songwriting. “You know, you work all day long and then you present it to someone and it’s almost like making a song.” And while saying this, Grohl mimed playing guitar with his left-hand fingers hitting invisible frets and his right hand strumming up a storm. “You have your specific recipe or your specific rub. And, you know, the best feeling is when you have those big barbecues and I’m dolin’ out food for everyone and then they start coming back for seconds, it’s almost like performance in a way.”
Fire Station 88 wrote on Instagram, “It was awesome to get a visit tonight from Dave Grohl of the @foofighters. He also treated us to some of his own @backbeatbbq . Thanks Dave! It was excellent!” (https://www.instagram.com/p/BqGyocnFFeE/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=hapq2o3aawt4)
Elsewhere, President Donald Trump’s response to the California wildfires has been criticised by many famous artists, such as Katy Perry, Rod Stewart and Neil Young who slammed Trump’s decision to blame the fires on “forest mismanagement”. Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, called the president’s comments “reckless and insulting”.