Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Two more deaths bring total fatalities to 26 in California wildfires

California wildfires from space TWITTER NASASmoke from the wildfires can be seen from space
Marlene Weaver | 13 October, 2017, 01:50

California [U.S.A.], Oct 11 (ANI):Wildfires raging across broad swaths of Northern California have killed at least 17 people, hospitalised hundreds, and destroyed an estimated 2,000 buildings, as hundreds of firefighters battled to control the flames.

The statewide wildfires have destroyed 3,500 homes and business and burned more than 170,000 acres of land (688 square kilometers), making it one of the worst wildfires in California state. "High winds are predicted but we have not received them yet".

Almost two dozen fires spanning eight counties have raged largely unchecked since igniting on Sunday, leaving hundreds of residents unaccounted for.

Santa Rosa was among the cities hit the hardest.

Thousands of buildings have been destroyed in the North Bay fires and that includes several businesses.

Warm with chance of scattered showers
We're tracking the chance for showers around the Monday time frame, but at this point it doesn't look like a deluge. The warm weather will continue for both Saturday and Sunday with highs ranging from the upper 70s to lower 80s.

About 25,000 people remained displaced on Wednesday as the fires belched smoke that drifted over the San Francisco Bay area, about 50 miles to the south, where visibility was shrouded in haze and automobiles were coated with ash.

Two more people died in wildfires in Yuba County, north of San Francisco in western California, bringing the total death toll in statewide wildfires to 26, local media reported Thursday. It was unclear how many might be fire victims rather than evacuees who had not checked in with authorities. Thirteen of those were confirmed dead in the Tubbs Fire.

In addition to high winds, the fires have been stoked by an abundance of thick brush left ready to burn by a dry, hot summer.

"This particular stretch of roadway was in the area of Franz Valley Rd at the onset of the fire's entrance to Sonoma County", the post read.

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