California Wildfire in Malibu Destroys 30 Homes
A wildfire raced through the canyons and over the mountains of the wealthy enclave near Malibu for the second time in little more than a month Saturday, forcing 14,000 residents to flee, startribune.com reports.
The fire started early Saturday, around 4 a.m., and destroyed 49 homes, 30 homes were completely destroyed, cbs.com reports.
By midafternoon, the fire was estimated at 7 square miles, with a 25 percent containment. By Saturday evening, about half of the evacuees were allowed to return to their homes.
Fifteen helicopters and 15 airplanes attacked from the air to combat the fire, while nearly 2,000 firefighters battled flames from the ground, according to startribune.com. The planes skimmed the ocean to reload their tanks to help extinguish the fire.
Hundreds and firefighters and equipment had been positioned throughout the week in Southern California, due to the predicted winds of over 50 miles per hour. According to the Mayor, the fire "could have been far, far worse than it was."
For this national story, I compared our local coverage, startribune.com, with a national news outlet, in this case cbs.com. I wanted to see if the coverage was any different and indeed it was. The biggest difference was that the startribune.com report was more of a straight news story where it just included what exactly happened on Saturday. For example, the amount of airplanes and helicopters was courtesy of startribune.com. However, cbs.com had more of a feature story, concentrating less on the fire on Saturday and more on California wildfires as a whole.