Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wildfires Still Burn in Northern California; 13 Are Dead

Wine country was shrouded in a thick layer of smoky haze here on Tuesday as firefighters continued to battle wildfires that have left at least 13 people dead and have damaged or destroyed more than 1,500 structures, including wineries, homes and resorts. State fire officials estimated that 17 separate fires, the first group of which began Sunday night, had burned about 115,000 acres over eight counties. More than 100 people had been taken to hospitals by Tuesday morning, and officials said that the tallies of the dead and injured were likely to rise. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said early Tuesday that firefighters were expected to make some progress. Officials were encouraged by improved weather conditions. The winds, which had pushed the flames rapidly and in an unpredictable manner, had died down significantly, said Daniel Berlant, an assistant deputy director with the department. But all 17 fires remained active, and several of the largest had not been contained as of Monday night...more

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