California wildfires death toll climbs to 50
Firefighters in California are still struggling to contain several wildfires nearly one week after they broke out.
- Hundreds of people are still missing after three wildfires spread across Northern and Southern California last week.
- 48 of the 50 deaths occurred after the Camp Fire blazed through the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento.
- On Tuesday night, a fourth wildfire broke out, though it's mostly contained.
The death toll from the California wildfires has climbed to 50 as firefighters continue to battle flames under dangerously dry and windy conditions.
The Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise in Northern California has so far left at least 48 people dead and more than 200 people missing. It's become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history.
"The entire community of Paradise is a toxic wasteland right now," one Paradise resident told ABC News. "In addition to that, and this is the hardest part for me to even talk about, the number of fatalities is [among] things that we don't know at this moment and that's something that has to be determined before people can move back in."
Officials are using cadaver dogs to search the scorched landscape for people who couldn't escape the flames, and they've set up portable morgues to store bodies. Authorities have requested more assistance, including some 100 National Guard troops to assist in the search for remains and missing people.
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Many Paradise residents were surrounded by flames as they tried to escape the town on a two-lane road, which became clogged with traffic.
"Just in case this doesn't work out, I want you to know I really tried to make it out," another resident recorded in a goodbye message to his family, reports The New York Times. The man was stuck in his car on the flame-engulfed road but fortunately survived.
State regulators are investigating whether local utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, failed to properly maintain power lines in the Paradise area. Some residents are planning to sue the utility.
In Southern California, two are reported dead after the Woolsey fire struck Malibu. There are currently no deaths reported in Ventura County as a result of the Hill Fire, which was more than 90% contained as of Tuesday night. Officials don't expect the Woolsey Fire to be contained until Sunday.
The destruction so far
Here's an overview of the three wildfires, according to data released by Cal Fire and published by CBS News:
- Location: Butte County
- 135,000 acres burned
- 35 percent contained
- 48 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured
- 8,817 structures destroyed, 7,600 of them homes
- Location: Los Angeles County, Ventura County
- 97,620 acres burned
- 47 percent contained
- 2 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured
- 435 structures destroyed, 57,000 in danger
- Location: Ventura County
- 4,531 acres burned
- 94 percent contained
A fourth fire breaks out
#SierraFire: Footage from earlier this evening. In #SantaAnaWinds, Dozers can often engage where it’s too dangerous… https://t.co/Olz4qzGits— SB County Fire (@SB County Fire)1542185886.0
On Tuesday night, a brush fire was reported in the Rialto area of San Bernardino County. Dubbed the Sierra Fire, the flames reportedly grew to cover 147 acres overnight thanks mostly to 50-mph winds. On Wednesday, officials reported that the fire was 75% contained. No deaths have been reported.
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- The study involved 822 Americans who were in monogamous relationships at the time.
- Participants answered questions about their personalities, sexual fantasies, and intentions to act on those fantasies.
- Research suggests practicing consent, comfort, and communication makes open relationships more likely to succeed.
Consensual non-monogamy fantasies<p>For the new study, published in <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10508-020-01788-7" target="_blank">Archives of Sexual Behavior</a>, researchers asked 822 people in monogamous relationships to:</p><ul><li>Describe their favorite sexual fantasy, defined as "mental images you have while you are awake that you find to be sexually arousing or erotic."</li><li>Select which themes apply to that fantasy, such as having sex with multiple people at the same time, experimenting with taboos, or engaging in a sexually open relationship.</li><li>Answer whether they intended to carry out these fantasies, and discuss them with their partner.</li><li>Complete assessments on relationship satisfaction, erotophilia and personality, as measured by the Big Five Personality inventory.</li></ul><p>The results showed that 32.6 percent of participants said being part of a sexually open relationship was "part of their favorite sexual fantasy of all time." More surprising is that, of that one-third, 80 percent said they want to act on this fantasy in the future.</p>
Pretzelpaws via Wikipedia Commons<p style="margin-left: 20px;">"The present research confirms the important distinction between sexual fantasy and sexual desire in that not everyone wanted to act on their favorite sexual fantasy of all time," study author Justin J. Lehmiller told <a href="https://www.psypost.org/2020/09/one-third-of-people-in-monogamous-relationships-fantasize-about-being-in-some-type-of-open-relationship-study-suggests-58102" target="_blank">PsyPost</a>. "This suggests that fantasies may serve different functions for different people."</p><p>Even though most participants said they want to act out their fantasy in the future, far fewer reported acting out sexual fantasies in the past. Other findings included:</p><ul><li>Men were more likely to fantasize about CNMRs.</li><li>So were people who scored high in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erotophilia#:~:text=Erotophilia%20is%20a%20personality%20trait,ranging%20from%20erotophobia%20to%20erotophilia." target="_blank">erotophilia</a> and sociosexual orientation.</li><li>The psychological predictors of fantasizing about CNMRs differed from predictors about infidelity fantasies.</li></ul>
Do open relationships work?<p>A <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00224499.2019.1669133" target="_blank">2019 study</a> from psychologists at the University of Rochester suggests it <em>is </em>possible<em>, </em>but especially when both partners practice a trio of behaviors: consent, communication, and comfort — or, the Triple-C Model.<br></p>But the study also suggests not all forms of open relationships are equally viable. For example, people in one-sided CNMRs — where one partner stays monogamous, the other seeks outside sexual relationships — were nearly three times more dissatisfied in their relationships than the monogamous group <em>and </em>the consensual non-monogamous group.
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