The six wildfires raging through nearly 161,000 acres of land in Southern California have turned fatal after woman was found dead inside of a crashed vehicle along an escape route in Southern California.







161,000 acres have been destroyed by the fires

161,000 acres have been destroyed by the fires Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

Local police reported that the body of a 70-year-old woman was found in a destroyed vehicle situated along an escape route in California. The woman, Virginia Pesola, was apparently involved in a car accident while trying to escape the raging flames in Southern California.

The cause of death was due to burns and smoke inhalation secondary to a blunt force trauma sustained during the accident. It appears Pesola fainted from the initial trauma before succumbing to the secondary fatal injuries.







Virginia Pesola's death is the first connected to the fires

Virginia Pesola’s death is the first connected to the fires Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Pesola’s death is the first associated with the devastating wildfires in Southern California, which to date have already caused billions in damage to property and the environment. Local firefighters are cautiously optimistic about the chances of soon gaining control of the fire. A local fire commander stated that changes in weather are helpful to their efforts, which are limited to areas where they can fly over.  Over the past week, the flames scorched about 161,000 acres of land, a number that is likely to increase as winds are expected to intensify over the weekend, once again.