Eerie video shows tree burning from the inside out during California wildfire

A California resident captured footage of an eerie tree as it was beginning to blacken on the outside and fill with glowing, red-hot flames from within.

The video was taken by Matthew McDermott of Sonoma, California. He said he and his friend came across the sight Monday while trying to find an escape route as wildfires began to ravage the area where they lived.

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The two had been driving around the entire night but stopped in the nearby town of Schellville after seeing the tree full of fire.

“I’ve definitely not seen anything like this before,” McDermott, who’s lived in Northern California for roughly a decade, told CNN. “We wanted to know the escape routes in case we needed them. The route to Paloma was open. I just stopped on the side of the road and the whole ridge is on fire.”

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He said he had to bring masks while checking the roads as smoke from the fire caused air in the Bay Area to turn toxic.

Luckily, McDermott confirmed that he and family living in the area have been able to remain safe.

As for the strangely lit tree, however, though it hasn’t been investigated as to why the tree burned from inside out, this particular phenomenon has been seen before.

According to Science Alert, though fire can spread quickly when conditions are dry, if the outside of a tree is damp — likely due to rainfall — fire can start to smolder from inside its hollowed-out trunk, and, in some cases, for days.

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California wildfires: At least 10 dead, 1,500 structures destroyed as 20,000 flee flames sweeping through wine country (UPDATES)


Raging wildfires in California’s wine country have claimed at least 10 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes.

Wildfires whipped by powerful winds have swept through the region, destroying 1,500 homes and businesses as flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighbourhoods.

Several fires broke out virtually simultaneously and then spread rapidly overnight, sending residents fleeing as embers rained down and flames raged around them. Two hospitals in Santa Rosa, the largest city in the region with 175,000 people, were forced to evacuate patients.

Later in the day, fires from ruptured gas lines dotted the smoky landscapes of blackened hillsides. Fire trucks raced by smoldering roadside landscaping in search of higher priorities.

The flames were unforgiving throughout the city, torching block after block with little to salvage.

Hundreds of homes in the Fountain Grove area were leveled by flames so hot they melted the glass off of cars and turned aluminum wheels into liquid. One neighbourhood of older homes was scorched, leaving only brick chimneys and downed power lines.

Residents who gathered at emergency shelters and grocery stores said they were shocked by the speed and ferocity of the flames. They recalled all the possessions they had left behind and were lost.

“All that good stuff, I’m never going to see it again,” said Jeff Okrepkie, who fled his neighbourhood in Santa Rosa, knowing it was probably the last time he would see his home of the past five years standing.

His worst fears were confirmed on Monday, when a friend sent him a photo of what was left: a smoldering heap of burnt metal and debris.

In the rush to leave, Okrepkie and his wife were able to gather important documents, photos and mementos, like letters from his wife’s late father. Still, Okrepkie was tortured by the things he left behind, including a framed photo of his grandfather that his grandmother had carried with her for a decade after he died.

Some of the largest of the 14 blazes burning over a 200-mile region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. They sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) away. The causes of the fires were unknown.

The fires throughout the region were among the deadliest in California history, and fire officials expected the number of fatalities to increase.

Winds have posed a challenge to firefighters in the state this year despite a relatively wet winter that followed years of drought. The fires that broke out on Sunday burned “at explosive rates” because of 5 mph winds, said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

October has generally been the most destructive time of year for California wildfires. What was unusual on Sunday, however, was to have so many fires take off at the same time.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Yuba counties. Authorities imposed a sunset-to-sunrise curfew in Santa Rosa, saying they were on the lookout for looters.

The ferocity of the flames forced authorities to focus primarily on getting people out safely, even if it meant abandoning structures to the fire.

Elsewhere in the state, a fire churning through canyons in hilly neighborhoods of Orange County burned at least half a dozen homes and forced residents of about 1,000 homes to evacuate. Brown also declared a state of emergency for Orange County.

The inferno in Northern California blackened miles along Highway 12, one of the main gateways into wine country.

Wooden fence posts and guard rails burned fiercely. Thick smoke roiled from the JR Cohn winery.

The fires also damaged the Silverado Resort in Napa and a Hilton hotel in Santa Rosa.

Kim Hoe, a 33-year-old tech worker from Penang, Malaysia, was staying at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, which was gutted by flames. He said the power went out at around 1am, and he and his colleagues started packing up when someone knocked on the door and told them to run.

“We just had to run and run. It was full of smoke. We could barely breathe,” he said.

They returned in the morning to find the hotel had been destroyed along with most of their possessions. Mr Hoe was relieved he had taken his passport and a few essential items.

Firefighters rushed to a state home for the severely disabled when flames reached one side of the center’s sprawling campus in the historic Sonoma County town of Glen Ellen. Emergency workers leapt from their cars to aid the evacuation.

Crews got the more than 200 people from the threatened buildings, one firefighter said, as flames closed within a few dozen feet.

Mike Turpen, 38, was at a bar in Glen Ellen early on Monday when a stranger wearing a smoke mask ran in and yelled that there was a fire. Mr Turpen raced home through flames in his Ford F-250.

“It was like Armageddon was on,” he said. “Every branch of every tree was on fire.”

He stayed to try to defend his own rental home.

By late morning, Mr Turpen, wearing shorts, a kerchief mask and goggles, was the last man standing for miles along one abandoned road. His yard and all those around him were burned, smoking and still flaming in a few spots. But his home was still standing.

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10+ Sobering Photos Show Ash Dropping In Disneyland As Wildfires Rage Across California

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Across Northern California, 15 wildlife’s are presently raging. According to authorities, at least 1,500 homes and businesses have been engulfed in the flames. Sadly, at least 10 people have been killed — and that number is expected to grow.

Residents and wildlife have been fleeing the area, and over 100 people are being treated in nearby hospitals for injuries related to fire and smoke inhalation. Reportedly, some of the fires raging are the biggest in the state’s history, and the damage has only begun.

To gain a proper understanding of just how harrowing these natural disasters are, take a look at the following photos, shared by social media users. The photographs reveal not only the scale of the fires as the make their way across the state, but the destruction they are leaving in their wake.

According to the LA Times, nearly 5,000 homes were evacuated as the fire inched closer. It will be days before residents can return to their homes — if they are still standing. Brave firefighters and volunteers are working with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to keep the blaze under control.

Following are 10+ sobering images of the fires consuming California:


In Anaheim, Southern California, photographs have been shared of Disneyland swallowed in a haze of ash. As IFLScience reports, the park remained open whilst nearby residents were evacuated from their homes.

Ash was dropping around the park as visitors toured it.




For years, scientists have been warning that if carbon emissions are not curbed, the greenhouse gas effect will exacerbate climate change. As a result, natural disasters will become more frequent and more dangerous. Hopefully, the fires in California and recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires elsewhere will encourage the populace to embrace sustainable habits and lower their individual carbon footprints — before it is too late.

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Apocalyptic inferno cloaks Disneyland in spooky haze as California fire rages


A wildfire raging in southern California has shrouded Disneyland in an apocalyptic-looking orange haze. Visitors to the park flooded social media with pictures of its landmarks against the eerie backdrop.

The theme park is decked out with Halloween decorations, adding another layer of spookiness to the scene. Social media users reported ash and smoke falling in the park.

Disneyland’s social media channels and website indicated, however, that there were no changes to the operation of the park and all of the amusements remained open.

Other than the epic photo backdrop, the theme park has not yet been affected by the brushfire. However, around 13 miles (20km) away in Anaheim Hills approximately 1,000 homes have been evacuated due to the blaze.

The fire, which has been dubbed Canyon Fire 2, was first reported before 10:00 PST Monday.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, however, it started in the same area as the first Canyon Fire at the Anaheim-Corona border last month.

Meanwhile, fires are also raging in northern California’s wine country, which is around 430 miles 700km (430 miles) north of Anaheim.

At least 1,500 homes were destroyed as over two dozen wildfires spread through the area on Monday. Authorities said that at least 10 people have been killed and thousands have fled the area.



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California governor signs measure decriminalizing transmission of the HIV virus

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The state of California, not known for its rational decision-making, might have just done the right thing for a change when it comes to enhancing medical freedom.

The state’s legislature, commandingly controlled by far-Left Democrats, have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that no longer criminalizes the intentional, knowledgeable transmission of the HIV virus, which can cause AIDS — and he signed it this week.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, at present it is a felony to knowingly infect another person with HIV via sexual transmission. Once upon a time, persons who knowingly transmitted the incurable disease faced up to eight years in prison.

Now, however, the new law lowers the act to a misdemeanor punishable by no more than six months in jail.

Naturally, the change is being hailed by the LGBTQ community, which has an abnormally high HIV infection rate, as a step towards de-stigmatizing the disease and the community. But other people who oppose the new law say that it will only encourage even more irresponsible, unsafe sexual behavior that leads to additional infections (and higher medical costs for state taxpayers).

Up to this point, HIV was the only sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the Golden State that carried a felony sentence if the disease was transmitted to someone else if the infected person knew he or she carried the virus. Even intentionally donated HIV-infected blood or infecting a person knowingly with a different STD only carried a misdemeanor sentence.

That’s all changed now.

The legislation, SB239, was written by state Sen. Scott Weiner and Assemblyman Todd Gloria. In a statement, Weiner said the bill’s passage is “a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals.”

As far as we know, the state didn’t actually treat people “living with HIV as criminals.” Rather, it punished people who knowingly infected other people, which some believe was reminiscent of a medical police state; if you could be criminalized for passing along one virus, how close was the state getting to criminalizing the passage of other viruses (like the flu)?

That said, as the Daily Mail noted, others are using advances in medical science as justification to decriminalize intentional infection of another person with the HIV virus:

California’s new law comes as recently developed drugs for preventing and treating HIV have significantly extended life expectancies and lowered transmission rates in the HIV-positive community.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially announced that people who are on regular viral load suppression medication cannot transmit HIV to their partners, as it is maintained at undetectable levels.

The paper noted further that the CDC said that the HIV infection rate only fell 10 percent between 2010 and 2014 in the United States. Opponents of the new law argue that’s not very much, and still, people are getting infected, whether the medical treatment for getting the disease has “significantly extended life expectancies” or not. HIV infection can still lead to death. (Related: California just decriminalized child prostitutes beginning Jan 1… “legalization” stirs outrage.)

As the CDC notes on its own website:

HIV is a virus spread through certain body fluids that attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells, often called T cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. These special cells help the immune system fight off infections. Untreated, HIV reduces the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body. This damage to the immune system makes it harder and harder for the body to fight off infections and some other diseases.

Gloria countered that his legislation marks “an important step to update our laws to reflect the medical advances which no longer make a positive diagnosis equal to a death sentence.”

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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Gatorade Teaches California Children To “avoid water” ~ Gatorade Got Electrolytes: Attorney General Sues

(Natural News) One of the biggest problems modern parents face is getting their kids up off the couch, away from the TV and electronic devices, and out into the garden to play. It seems like if our children aren’t watching TV they’re on some electronic device playing a virtual game.

Many of them can go days or even weeks without having their bare feet touch the grass. Of course, this behavior contributes to our country’s obesity epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 17 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 are clinically obese.

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And that isn’t all parents have to worry about. While they’re playing those games, children are also being fed subliminal messages which can contribute even more to them being unhealthy and making poor nutritional choices.

A recent example of this was when Gatorade agreed to cough up $300,000 and to stop making “disparaging remarks about water,” after being taken to court by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

The sports drink giant released a game called Bolt! which was available in 2012, 2013 and then again for a brief time in 2017, in which players would give Olympic runner Usain Bolt Gatorade to increase his fuel levels. If, on the other hand, the player gave the runner water, his fuel level would decrease, leaving him with reduced power to perform.

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Even worse, the game directly stated, “Keep your performance level high and avoid water.” [Emphasis added]

To direct a message like this at children with a limited understanding of healthy nutritional choices was unconscionable.

As Attorney General Becerra noted, “Making misleading statements is a violation of California law. But making misleading statements aimed at our children is beyond unlawful, it’s morally wrong and a betrayal of trust.”

Gatorade was quick to deal with the matter – it was settled out of court in only one day – but there was no admission of guilt forthcoming.

An emailed statement from company spokesperson Katie Vidaillet stated:

The mobile game, Bolt!, was designed to highlight the unique role and benefits of sports drinks in supporting athletic performance. We recognize the role water plays in overall health and wellness, and offer our consumers great options.

The company has also agreed not to produce any other games like Bolt! that might lead kids to believe that water would interfere with athletic performance while sports drinkswould enhance it. Bolt! is no longer available to play.

Gatorade has also half-heartedly agreed to make “reasonable efforts” to abide by parent company PepsiCo’s rules regarding responsible advertising for children.

Interestingly, the Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend sports drinks for children at all – unless they are engaged in “prolonged, continuous vigorous activity for more than one hour in hot weather conditions.” They recommend water as “the best source of hydration for ordinary children engaging in routine physical activity.” (Related: Sports drinks are loaded with liquid sugars.)

Let’s face it: Just getting our kids involved in “routine physical activity” is enough of a challenge. How many of us can claim that our children partake in such vigorous activity that they need a sports drink rather than water?

And, even if they are taking part in really vigorous activity – in which case, well done! – there are better options than sugar-laden, nutritionally vacant sports drinks.

As Mike Adams, the found/editor of Natural News noted back in 2011, Mother Nature has provided us with a perfectly balanced, thirst-quenching drink called rooibos, which provides amazing hydration, while also supplying multiple phytonutrients, including spalathin, Quercetin and Luteolin. It also contains Orientin, Isoorientin, Vitexin, Isovitexin, Chrysoeriol, Catechin, Isoqurecetin, Hyperoside and Rutin. (Related: Discover the amazing benefits of these and other nutrients at

So, for all those families out there doing their best to be healthy and active, water is always your best option for hydration – no matter what messages advertisers are trying to drill into your kids’ heads. And if you want to boost performance a little more, try iced rooibos – it’s delicious with a touch of stevia!

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Knowingly exposing others to HIV no longer a felony in California

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It’s a shame that secession effort stalled so quickly. As Twitchy reported, California Gov. Jerry Brown just signed into law a bill making California a sanctuary state, and now he’s signed legislation that makes it no longer a felony to knowingly pass along HIV.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.

The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive.

Modern medicine allows those with HIV to live longer lives and nearly eliminates the possibility of transmission, according to state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), authors of the bill.


Having HIV is not a crime … but knowingly passing it to a sexual partner? By coincidence, the news from California emerged the same day as a story in the New York Post about a HIV-positive hairdresser allegedly cut tips off condoms to infect men he met through a hook-up app.



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California pet foods now going high-end, incorporating kale and quinoa into recipes

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Many people consider their pet a full-fledged member of the family, providing it with the same level of care and love as they would a child. As people increasingly favor healthy food options, it’s only natural that this same philosophy is being extended to their pets in the form of premium pet food.

According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans will spend nearly $30 billion on pet food this year, a rise over last year’s figure of $28.23 billion. Part of this growth is being attributed to high-end dog food made of organic and minimally processed ingredients. Many of the same healthy ingredients that are becoming popular in human diets are also showing up more frequently in pet foods, such as turmeric, cardamom and coconut.

For example, Whole Life Pet’s “functional treats” are made using kale, Greek yogurt, and blueberries. They are freeze-dried to retain the nutrients that can be lost when cooked with high heat, and they’re made in small batches. They also have a salmon-based cat food that contains chia seeds for additional omega-3 oil and cranberries.

Pure Dog Food, meanwhile, creates treats with a minimalist ingredient list so pet owners know exactly what they’re getting. They purchase 100 percent human-grade ingredients from restaurant suppliers to make offerings like their chicken and quinoa bowls.

The Honest Kitchen of San Diego prides itself on tasting everything it creates for pets. With ingredients sourced from the human food chain, they assert that their pet foods are suitable for human consumption. Some of their offerings include grain-free cat food that uses free-range chicken along with flaxseed, eggs and vegetables. They also have a dog food product that uses whole food ingredients like cage-free duck and dried navy beans. A hemp powder product is currently in the pipeline, and their popular bone broth line is expected to be expanded to include a version with kale and lentils.

Organic pet food market expected to grow

According to a new report on the organic pet food market compiled by Research and Markets, the worldwide organic pet food market is expected to note a compound annual growth rate of between 8.5 and 9.5 percent from 2017 to 2023. North America is currently dominating the world market, but Europe’s market share is expected to note significant growth as well. Asia-Pacific, however, is predicted to have the fastest rate of growth during the period in question.

The report cites three main restraints that could be preventing even more growth: the high cost of raw materials, the lack of a proper supply chain, and the strict regulations for gaining organic certification. They identified grain-free organic pet food and emerging economies as areas that still have plenty of opportunities.

Pay attention to what you’re feeding your pets

When shopping for pet food, it’s important to do some research. Although a recent analysis of pet food and pet treats by CWC Labs found that most of them did not contain mercury, two products had alarmingly high levels. The Plato Salmon Strips Dog Treats and Thinkers Pacific Salmon Dog Treats had unusually high levels of mercury and arsenic. The package proudly claims they are GMO free and contain no by-products, but that only tells part of the story. There is no safe level of mercury and it should be avoided in every form by pets and humans alike.

Earlier this year, Party Animal issued a voluntary recall of its Cocolicious dog food after it was found to be contaminated with the pet euthanasia drug pentobarbital.

That’s why many people opt to make their own pet food and treats. If you’re interested in ensuring they only eat healthy, organic ingredients, making dog food and treats yourself might take some extra time, but it will give you peace of mind that they aren’t consuming any questionable fillers.

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[WATCH] Southern California Cop Pulls Out Gun and Fires While Struggling with Unarmed Juvenile

A video is going viral on Facebook showing an off-duty Los Angeles police officer pulling out a gun and firing as he struggles to arrest an unarmed boy who appears to be about 14.

The incident took place Tuesday in Anaheim, which is in Orange County, so the cop was completely out of his jurisdiction.

The student being arrested can be heard saying he is not even sure the man is a cop and the students witnessing the arrest are also not sure. Some are even saying they have called police.

At one point, other students begin to defend their classmate by pushing the man off him, which is when he pulls out his gun and fires in what appears to be a negligent discharge.

Luckily, nobody was struck. At no point did the man ever pull out a badge.

Eventually, uniformed cops arrive and handcuff the boy and pat the man down, but he is not arrested.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Because the police officer used his gun, homicide detectives were assigned to the case and interviewed witnesses at the scene.

The names of the two teens arrested were not released because they are juveniles. One was booked on suspicion of battery and making criminal threats, and the other on suspicion of assault and battery.
It’s unclear what led to the dispute.

Wyatt said the off-duty officer is cooperating with the inquiry and has not been arrested. His name was not released.

The video was posted to the Mediatakeout Facebook page with the following description:

14 Year Old Latino Gets Into ARGUMENT . . . With Off Duty Police Officer . .. And The Cop Pulls Out His Gun . . . And Starts SHOOTING AT THE KIDS!!! (All This . . . Over An ARGUMENT?????)
The video was posted this morning and is quickly approaching a million views.

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