The state of California, specifically Los Angeles, is no stranger to mass fires, or the mudslides that often follow when the rains finally come.
There's a long running list of terrifying blazes that have not only destroyed the natural landscape and forests in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, but many people's homes and businesses as well.
And the ongoing mass fires in Los Angeles and Ventura county are some of the worst in the state's history, displacing tons of citizens and providing some of the scariest scenery for commuters on the road. The entire landscape along the freeways seems to be engulfed in flames and the air filled with smoke and ash. Not to sound flippant, but if you think your commute is hell, try it with a literal inferno blazing through the shrubs just inches from the road shoulder.
Twitter user A. Mutzabaugh recorded this horrifying video that shows how severe of a situation the state of California is in right now.
It's so frightening, people couldn't believe that it was real.
I still can't fathom the fact that this is real, it's a really scary video— Carlos (@Carlos_RSL) December 6, 2017
But that didn't stop them from joking about it with Lord of the Rings references.
Nice to see they've built a highway on MORDOR— Carlos (@Carlos_RSL) December 6, 2017
It’s terrifying, I just looked at it in shock and then wondered what the special effects budget was.— StreetTacoNamdDesire (@DesiresTacos) December 6, 2017
I mean to think a real live set of hell... impressive— StreetTacoNamdDesire (@DesiresTacos) December 6, 2017
But as scary as these fires are, some people are suggesting they're a necessary part of California's ecosystem.
Welcome to California's Chaparral biome! o/ Wildfires are actually a part of the natural rhythm of our state. Many of our animals are burrowers, and many of our plants don't germinate unless they've been burnt. It's scary, but an inescapable part of life here.— Josie Haertzen (@Josie_Haertzen) December 6, 2017
Now these flames might be important for nature to run its course and all that jazz, but it doesn't change the fact that people are really scared of them.
Check out these other videos commuters uploaded of the mayhem.
People's homes are being affected as well.
If you're in the affected areas right now, try your best to stay safe. There's not much that can be done to control so many large and simultaneous fires, but hopefully the damage to communities can be mitigated.