California wildfires: 10 killed in ‘unprecedented’ wine country blaze
Wildfires destroy 1,500 arrangements and large-scale swaths of northern California wine country as powerful gales fuel an inferno like youve never seen before
Ten people have died in northern California after what officials are describing as an “unprecedented” wild fire that has already destroyed 1,500 arrangements and devastated large-scale swaths of wine country.
Amy Head, the burn captain spokesman for Cal Fire, the state organization responsible for fire protection, confirmed the number of fatalities late on Monday.
” We often have multiple flames going on, but the majority of them all started right around same time period, same time of nighttime – it’s unprecedented ,” she told the Guardian.” I detest applying that term because it’s been overused a lot lately because of how flames have been in the past few years, but it genuinely is- there’s just been a lot of destruction .”
California’s governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency in eight mostly northern counties- Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties. The flames are barely contained and are threatening thousands of homes and vineyards in the wine country north of San Francisco.
Nine of the deaths occurred in Napa and Sonoma districts, while another was farther north, in Mendocino county, officers said.
The wildfires, whipped by powerful gales early on Monday, mailed residents on a headlong flight to security through smoking and flames as homes burned. Around 20,000 people ought to have evacuated, including hundreds of senior citizen from local nursing homes.
Entire neighborhoods and a trailer park in the town of Santa Rosa, 55 miles from San Francisco, “ve already” razed, along with a Hilton hotel, according to local reports.
Officials say the high winds are impeding firefighting efforts in the region about 140 miles( 225 km) north of San Francisco. To assist with international efforts the country’s largest firefighting aircraft- a converted 747- has been deployed.