The first page of a newspaper is “prime” real estate. It’s where the most important stories are often found. That’s why it’s helpful to understand what’s behind those stories – because they matter. In some cases, a news story may not receive much attention but it matters because it's interesting. Those, too, are prime stories.

Here’s some background on a “prime” story this week.

Wildfires in California

It seems like every week for the past month or so, a storm or hurricane is making news and causing chaos. This week is no different with the wildfires burning in both Northern and Southern California.The fires are devastating the counties in which they are burning. Entire towns have had to be evacuated and thousands of people have had to leave their homes not knowing if everything they own will burn up or be there waiting for them when they return.

These fires also wreak havoc with the local economy. In Northern California, the fires are burning throughout Napa and Sonoma, home to many vineyards. If those burn, it will devastate local businesses who grow and sell wine.

As of this writing the fires were not contained, meaning they were still spreading despite the work of hundreds of firefighters who are trying around the clock to get the fires under control. Look in the news to see the current state of the fires.

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