California Wine Country Forest Fires Still Raging; 23 Dead

Published By : 12 Oct 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The massive wildfires raging across California’s prime wine region are still largely uncontained and have now taken the life of at least 23 citizens in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Yuba counties. Some of the bigger fires in the inferno could also merge in the coming days, as the officials warned on Wednesday, with several thousand having been told to evacuate their areas or be ready to do the same in the coming days. An evacuation order on Wednesday included the whole city of Calistoga in Napa County, such is the scale of the problem posed by the raging forest fires. More towns and cities near the conflagration areas could soon join the list as having to be evacuated. Close to 4,400 people are already in shelters and are unlikely to be able to return home in the near future.

In Sonoma County, the Sheriff’s office has reported more than 600 people missing, including the 315 who have been identified to be safe. This still leaves 285 people missing in Sonoma County alone. However, the office is hopeful many of that number have simply been unable to contact their family and friends due to the destruction of communication infrastructure in the fire-hit areas.

Power companies are also likely to come into the picture, with utilities major PG&E revealing that the high wind speeds recorded on Sunday and Monday have resulted in some trees falling on power lines, which is a high-risk scenario for the spread of wildfires. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has yet to identify the cause of the fires.

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