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2017 Video Shared as Recent Footage of the Los Angeles Wildfires

Ouissal Harize Ouissal Harize
15th August 2022
2017 Video Shared as Recent Footage of the Los Angeles Wildfires
The video dates back to 2017 (Twitter).

The Claim

The video shows the recent wildfires in Los Angeles. 

Emerging story

Social media users have recently circulated a video purporting to show the recent wildfires in Los Angeles. 


Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. The video shows the 2017 wildfires in California.

Misbar’s team conducted a reverse image search and found that the video was shared via YouTube and social media accounts in 2017.



Wildfires in California

Deadly wildfires have recently caused a lot of damage in the state of California. Fueled by thunderstorm winds and high temperatures, the wildfire grew to 55,000 acres in Northern California, becoming the state's largest fire so far this year. There have been four deaths and substantial damage caused by the fire named McKinney.

Very recently, Wildfires and hot winds created a fire-like tornado in California, dubbed by many as the “firenado.” 


October 2017 Northern California Wildfires

In October 2017, wildfires ravaged Northern California leading to 44 deaths and the destruction of 8400 structures including homes. The risk of facing wildfires is increasing worldwide because of climate change and the growth of urbanization. 

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Photo Description: The damage caused by the 2017 California wildfires (National Geographic).


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