At least 10 killed, 1,500 structures burnt in California wildfires

California wildfires 2017 : A state of emergency has been declared in California wine country as wildfires are spreading across rapidly helped by strong winds to kill at least 10 and forcing around 20,000 residents to escape.

Over 14 wildfires have been reported in California leaving at least 1,500 structures destroyed after spreading across a total of 73,000 acres since late Sunday.

Thousands of firefighters have been deployed to douse the fires with most of them gone out of control amid winds blowing at over 50mph. The California wildfires have been reported across eight northern counties of the state that include Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange.

There have been reports of a couple of hospitals in Santa Rosa evacuated due to the dangerous situation.

In Napa County, a blaze dubbed as Tubbs fire has destroyed close to 25,000 acres in an area that is popular all over the world for its vineyards.

California wildfire

California wildfire. Photo courtesy of BLM/Wikipedia.org

An air quality alert has been issued by San Francisco authorities owing to smoke emanating from the fires which has been smelled by residents.

Casualties have been reported from Sonoma County where seven people died of fire-related wounds late Monday. In Napa County, two were killed due to the Atlas Fire while the one casualty has been reported from Mendocino County due to the Redwood Valley Fire.

CAL FIRE on the California wildfires stated: “The strong winds are expected to decrease today, but Red Flag Warnings due to gusty winds and high fire risk remain in place across many parts of the State.

“Residents across the State are urged to remain prepared for wildfires as extremely dry conditions continue. The potential for an increase in winds later in the week could challenge the efforts of firefighters.”

In the Sonoma and Napa Counties, the Tubbs Fire between Calistoga and Santa Rosa has burnt around 25,000 acres.

In Napa County, the Atlas Fire on the Altas Peak Rd, south of Lake Berryessa and outside Napa City has damaged 25,000 acres.

In Mendocino County, the Redwood fire on highway 20 along the Potter Valley and Redwood Valley area has spread across 10,000 acres.

In Orange County, the Canyon 2 Fire has hit the Orange County burning 4,000 acres.

The Nevada County is battling the McCourtney Fire which has burnt 150 acres while the San Luis Obispo County is facing the Pozo Fire which has been confined to 25 acres.

In the Yuba County, 7,200 acres have been burnt by the Cascade Fire.

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