Sheriff drives through hellish landscape during California wildfires

California wildfires from space

Wildfires fanned by strong winds have ripped through Californian wine country, killing at least 10 people, forcing some 20,000 residents to flee and destroying 1,500 homes and businesses.

Residents of the Pacific Heights area behind Molsberry's Market in Larkfield were ordered to evacuate around 4:45 p.m., and residents of the Ida Clayton area of Geyserville from state Highway 128 to the Napa County line were ordered to evacuate as a fire spread north.

Officials say trucks are bringing fuel into inaccessible areas and helping fuel emergency vehicles directly from the trucks.

Officials confirmed the death toll in the raging North Bay wildfires has grown to 23, and crews are working to find at least 285 people who have been reported missing in Sonoma County.

Emmanuel Perez took a touching photo of this sign in Santa Rosa thanking the firefighters for their work.

October, the end of the dry season, is traditionally when California gets its most damaging wildfires.

The largest fire, at 42,000 acres and counting, is the Atlas fire spanning Napa and Solano counties south of Lake Berryessa.

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Officials said wildfires were still burning across more than 115,000 acres of California as of Tuesday. He said he regretted that he hadn't stayed, like his neighbors, standing on the roof with his hose, fighting the fire himself. "Hopefully, the answer is yes". Santa Rosa has suffered "perhaps the worst damage" of any city, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In Mendocino - a coastal county famed for its pristine beaches and redwoods - the fire "was random and cruel", said Alison de Grassi, a longtime resident who said she had never seen anything like it. Especially in California, in our Mediterranean climate and also in the Rocky Mountains, there are more days where if you're going to have lightning ignition or somebody throwing out a cigarette butt, it's going to burn hotter, because it's warmer outside.

A ring of flames closed around the Sacramento region this week, as almost two dozen wind-whipped wildfires stampeded across Northern California and left public safety officials searching for new superlatives to describe a fearsome trend.

The McClellan Reload Base, an airstrip that is used to support aerial firefighting efforts, "pumped over 266,000 gallons of fire retardant Monday".

President Donald Trump has declared parts of Northern California a disaster area, making it eligible for speedy federal aid. Gov.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, more than 2,700 firefighters and support personnel are battling the fires.

"A fire starting after 10 o'clock at night, under 50-plus miles per hour winds, under absolutely dry, dry fuel beds, every one of those fires had a fighting chance to get going long before our firefighters could even be able to get there".

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