California Fires Continue to Burn
Massive wildfires sweeping through parts of California have killed at least 17 people, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and battered the region’s renowned wine-growing industry.
Firefighters were battling 17 fires across multiple counties in the state, authorities said. Intensified by strong winds, the fires charred about 115,000 acres of land, destroyed at least 1,500 buildings and forced nearly 25,000 residents to evacuate, fleeing their homes from seven counties north of San Francisco, filling dozens of shelters. Fueled by the hot, dry Santa Ana winds in the nation’s wine country, the fires also caused power outages.
Two of the largest fires, dubbed the Tubbs and Atlas fires by authorities, burned a combined 52,000 acres of land in Sonoma and Napa counties. With more than 180 people still reported missing in Sonoma County, authorities expect the death toll to rise. Meanwhile in southern California, 1,000 firefighters were mobilized in Anaheim to fight a blaze that burned an estimated 6,000 acres and destroyed at least 24 homes and businesses.