ONE OF THE WORST NATURAL DISASTERS IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY
Intensified by the strong winds and firing through 170,000 acres of land, 160 patients are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation and there have been 600 missing reports and approximately 23 people have been reported dead. Thousands of houses have been burnt into ashes. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, 20,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes. And about 7,000 people were left without power house in Napa County alone. Sonoma County’s sheriff Robert Giordano said at a press conference on Tuesday 10th October that “Life is more important than property.” and he stated that the wildfires will be “One of the wort natural disasters in California history.”
According to CNN, wind gusts had died down earlier this week but picked up again at Wednesday 11th October at 20 to 40 miles per hour and that similar conditions are forecast for today. Chief of the California department of forestry and fire protection, Johnathon Cox said that “There are firefighters who’ve been out there since Sunday night, working tirelessly.” and that “Every firefighter on the fire line is very conscious of the anticipated wind event for the area, and so they’re not letting their guard down.” Johnathon also stated that 22 fires in the state are anywhere from 0% to 30%.
News Update 0305 GMT (1105 HKT) October 14, 2017 (source CNN).
This deadly wild fire has killed approximately 36 people and 6,000 buildings have been destroyed. The wild fires have burned more than 221,000 acres throughout California on Friday.
Victims of the fire have been found burnt beyond recognition as officials search some of the 5,700 homes that have fallen into mere ashes. Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said at a Thursday evening news conference that “Some of the remains are merely ashes and bones,” and that “We may never get truly confirmative identification on ashes. When you’re cremated, you can’t get an ID.
Approximately 8,000 firefighters are said to be battling through these intense fires of Northern California.