Los Angeles natives speak out on wildfires
Two Syracuse University students from Southern California describe the fires spreading throughout their hometown as something similar to a special effects movie.
It's a scary reality to both of them, especially being away from their loved ones.
Joyce Kim says she didn't know about the magnitude of the fire, until she received a Snapchat video from one of her friends. It looked nothing like the L.A. mountains she remembers.
"I saw videos and it was like the hills were, like literally, all on fire, and it was all glowing red, and it looked like hell, and from my friend's backyard it was just like clouds of smoke," Kim said.
S.U. sophomore Jason Herman says one of his best friends lives close to the 405 freeway and had to evacuate. While his family is doing okay, he says his brothers' classes were cancelled for the rest of the week, and his parents have also had to readjust their daily routines.
"My mom just said that, you know, she usually goes on a walk with my dog every day. She's not going to do that because it smells bad; the air quality is bad. I think my parents are probably going to try to keep my brothers inside while they're home instead of go outside and do whatever they would usually do," Herman said.
He added reality hasn't really dawned on him since he's so far away, but things might change when he goes home for the holidays.
"All I see is pictures, and pictures can only do so much. Videos can only do so much, so once I get home, if there's a lot of damage, it'll definitely probably hit me because you know that's, you know, a freeway that I drive on almost every day, the 405," he said.
But knowing others are offering food and shelter to those affected keeps these California natives hopeful.
"I'm just glad that there's people out there who are willing to help," Kim said.