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Dozens of Victims and 900 Missing after the Fires in California (Updated)

13 Octubre 2017, 11:42 | Bibiana Flor

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The area of Santa Rosa hardest hit by fire is home to many such seniors, who occupy an area along the city's Fountaingrove Parkway filled with village-style retirement complexes, memory-care facilities and a senior mobile home park. The string of fires in Northern California have burned a upward of 221,700 acres of land as of Friday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba Counties. 5, 2017 shows smoke from fires burning across the western United States and British Columbia stretching across the United States.

We tend to get them in England and Wales, as well as part of Northern Ireland and Scotland near urban and rural areas.

"This is a mandatory evacuation".

State Farm officials said they will be deploying catastrophe claims teams to the areas affected by fires. As many as 900 missing-person reports have been filed in Sonoma County and 437 people have since turned up safe.

"We have found bodies almost completely intact, and we have found bodies that were nothing more than ash and bones", the sheriff said. Authorities say some remains are so beyond recognition, they will use serial numbers on medical implants, like hip replacements, to i.d. victims.

Bundschu, a sixth-generation vintner, recounted a scary Monday night in which the flames licked at the perimeter of the winery but were beaten back by firefighters.

He also encouraged emergency personnel who are helping out.

"We just wet down everything and all of our neighbor's stuff that we could reach with our hoses", she said. More than 8,000 firefighters struggle with the fiery element.

"The growth in fire suppression costs has steadily consumed an ever-increasing portion of the agency's appropriated budget", the USDA said.

As firefighters work all day and night to prevent further tragedy and destruction in the horrific Northern California wildfires, dozens are doing their jobs after finding out their own homes were destroyed by the flames.

Nationwide, the industry generates US$50 billion in revenue and every year 3.5 million tourists visit the California wine country. "The agency is at a tipping point".

Fire officials were investigating whether downed power lines or other utility failures could have sparked the fires. The father and son squeezed people, wheelchairs and cats in their two small sedans, whisking them from their homes to the fairgrounds evacuation shelter.

"I think it's still too premature to determine what actually worked and what didn't", Ghilarducci said.

Winemaker Joe Nielsen of Donelan Family Wines told the San Francisco Chronicle: "It looks like a bombing run here. It's really going to be hard to tell and we'll be talking about the fires from this week from years to come", Kaiser said. But across Wine Country, others weren't so lucky.

"The devastation is enormous", he said.

Some lucky evacuees returned to find what they least expected. She said the estate's 2015 reds and 2016 whites were stored off-site.

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