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California Wildfires Rage On, at Least 11 Dead, 1,500 Buildings Burned

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California Wildfires - 1,500 buildings, 100,000 acres burned

California authorities said Tuesday they do not have control over the raging wildfires that have killed at least 11 people, sent hundreds to area hospitals and torched up to 1,500 buildings in the state. Officials said this is easily the most destructive fire in the state’s history.



Officials confirmed they are battling wildfires in at least eight counties including California’s wine county, Napa but they said Tuesday they are hoping winds will lessen and other conditions improve to allow them to get a handle on the blazes.

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California Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant confirmed late Monday that one person has died in Yuba County but the majority of fatalities are from Sonoma County where a large part of the city of Santa Rosa have been burned to the ground – at least seven people died in the county, two died in Napa County and another fatality was recorded in Mendocino County.

“Overnight the wind that had fanned these fires had really decreased, and that gave us an opportunity to really take a stand against these fires,” Berlant said Tuesday. “We are again today hoping to see very little wind compared to Sunday.”






Berlant confirmed Tuesday that red flag warnings that had been in effect throughout northern part of the state have expired as of Tuesday but winds of up to 50 mph over the weekend helped spread the fires.

“Overnight the wind that had fanned these fires had really decreased, and that gave us an opportunity to really take a stand against these fires,” Berlant said Tuesday. “We are again today hoping to see very little wind compared to Sunday.”

Authorities confirmed that so far, up to 1,500 building including homes, businesses and other structures, and over 100,000 acres have been burned by the wildfires.

About 1,100 firefighters from across California are helping battle the blazes. The California National Guard has also deployed helicopters to aid in the firefighting efforts.

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“Many of these fires, it’s going to take several more days, even potentially more weeks, before we have full containment,” he said.




Meanwhile Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Larry Kurtz said Tuesday that the blazes has burned 7,500 acres in the county by this morning and has destroyed upwards of 24 homes. “Winds are looking a little bit better this morning. We’re hoping the winds treat us a little better today than they did yesterday,” Kurtz said.

Parts of Highways 241 and 91 are still closed as of Tuesday and thousands of Orange County residents are still not able to get back into their homes.

Associate Editor, The Liberal Advocate News

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