Fires tear through Northern California, leaving 10 dead and 2,000 homes destroyed

A sign stands next to fire damaged mobile homes on Monday in Santa Rosa, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

One of the most destructive wildfires ever in California’s history has ripped through more than 2,000 homes and businesses on Monday and Tuesday. According to the latest reports, sadly there is more death and destruction to come. The USA Today has reported the National Guard has been sent in to help fight the raging fires, and Cal Fire has sent the world’s largest firefighting air tanker to make drops on the fire. According to the Associated Press, at this time the officials have yet to determine the cause of the fires, and they are said to not be connected to one another.

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The USA Today has reported the National Guard has been sent in to help fight the raging fires, and Cal Fire has sent the world’s largest firefighting air tanker to make drops on the fire. According to the Associated Press, at this time they cause of the fires is unknown and said to not be connected to one another.

The governor of California, Jerry Brown, initially declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and later added Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, and Orange counties. Vineyards and popular tourist spots have quickly gone up in flames, as the largest fires raged through Napa and Sonoma counties.

The Associated Press reports Napa and Sonoma counties were just finishing the harvest of wine grapes, leaving the wineries charred with heaps of debris. Wineries in the area were reported as closed due to evacuations and power outages, and will likely cause significant economic repercussions to the wine industry and California as a whole.

With high-speed hot and dry winds, the fires have torn through wine country just north of San Francisco. The Washington Post reports at least 15 fires in nine counties will not slow down anytime soon, with strong winds exceeding 50 miles per hour and likely fueling the raging fire in the next few days.

 

In just Sonoma County alone, officials report more than 100 calls to the county’s missing persons hotline. A whopping 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and 100 people have been injured, mostly due to smoke inhalation. 73,000 acres have already been destroyed in California as of Monday, according to the Post. The Los Angeles Times reports most of the deaths have happened in Sonoma County.

One fire, now known as the Tubbs Fire, burned at least 27,000 acres of the Santa Rosa area. The Atlas Fire has left already 25,000 acres scorched. USA Today reports in Santa Rosa, entire neighborhoods have been leveled. A hotel, big-box stores, and a trailer park have all been consumed. Patients at two hospitals in the area have been forced to evacuate.

 

 

The fire captain for Cal Fire is not alone as she believes the rapid and powerful force of the fires is likely linked to a warming climate. She tells the Guardian the seasons have been longer, and fire “are burning more intensely.”

h/t Slate

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