Wednesday, October 11, 2017

‘A serious, critical, catastrophic event’: At least 21 dead as California wildfires spread

The deadly wildfires devastating Northern California regained momentum Wednesday as winds whipped back up, pushing blazes through parched hills and vineyards and prompting more evacuations from an menacing arc of flames that has killed at least 21 people, destroyed more than 3,500 buildings and battered the region’s renowned wine-growing industry. Fires advanced overnight toward populated areas in flame-ravaged Sonoma County, prompting officials to order a fresh round of mandatory evacuations — some of which were announced by deputies “running toward the fire, banging on doors, getting people out of their houses,” said Misti Harris, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. “It’s rapidly changing, it’s moving quickly, it’s a very fluid situation,” she said. Nearly two dozen large fires have been raging in the northern part of the state, burning roughly 170,000 acres — a collective area larger than the city of Chicago. On Wednesday, Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said he’s worried that “several of these fires will merge.”...more

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Anonymous said...

It was reported that there were 17 DIFFERENT fires ongoing. Yes, this is one of the fire seasons in California. But 17 different fires smells like ARSON! Note where the fires are burning. Many in the high dollar areas of Sonoma and in the winery rich homes of the affluent. Does anyone believe these are not man-caused fires? We were told that ISIS wanted to attack us on an individual basis. My guess is that they have done it. You won't hear any of this in the MSM but firefighters know what is going on. Ask some of them.