California is burning: State of emergency declared as devastating fire swept across the State

October 10th, 2017 | by Sidomex
California is burning: State of emergency declared as devastating fire swept across the State
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Nearly 100,000 acres have burned as California deals with 17 large wildfires, mostly in the northern part of the state.

 

The fires started Sunday night and quickly spread because of a combo of dry conditions and heavy wind. At least 10 people have died (seven people died in Sonoma County, two in Napa County and one in Mendocino County) , and dozens are missing. Another 100 people are injured, and about 20,000 have been forced to evacuate. At least 1,500 homes and buildings have been destroyed. In Santa Rosa, the fire leveled an entire neighborhood, burned a hotel and prompted the evacuation of two hospitals.

Meanwhile,  Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane is putting on rather a brave face.  “We are a resilient county, he said, “We will come back from this. But right now we need to grieve.”

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A Santa Rosa homeowner returns to survey what’s left of his house of four years. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

 

Unsurprising, Steven beech, an incident commander of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had made it known that resources are not overly abundant. “We’re gonna be as stretched as we can be,” he said.

A state of emergence been declared by California’s governor, Jerry Brown. He has also the US government for emergency aid.

 

 

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